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Re: Find a file in a list of directories

by asdfgroup (Beadle)
on Apr 25, 2002 at 15:27 UTC ( #161996=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Find a file in a list of directories

more compact version of your code. And you should use '-e' test instead of '-t'

#!/usr/bin/perl sub FileFinder { my ($target, @dir) = @_; return (grep {-e $_} map {"$_/$target"} @dir)[0]; } open(F, FileFinder('', qw(some/ dirs/ ./)) || die "File n +ot found") or die $!;

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Re: Re: Find a file in a list of directories
by demerphq (Chancellor) on May 06, 2002 at 16:50 UTC
    IMO in general grep and map shouldn't be chained together, map can do greps job without having retraverse the array.
    return (map{-e "$_/$target" ? "$_/$target" : ()} @dir)[0];
    And frankly why bother with map and grep at all? This is much more efficient.
    sub FileFinder { my $target=shift; -e "$_/$target" && return "$_/$target" foreach @_; undef }
    Oh and before the premature optimization police arrest me, remember that we are searching a filesystem (possible remote etc) here. That call to -e could take a while and if we have to do more of them than we really need to then we could end up wasting a lot of time.

    Adjust the file test to your taste ;-)

    Yves / DeMerphq
    Writing a good benchmark isnt as easy as it might look.

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