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paths - a fast recursive file finder


use paths;

.say for paths;                             # all files from current directory

.say for paths($dir);                       # all files from $dir

.say for paths(:dir(* eq '.git'));          # files in ".git" directories

.say for paths(:file(*.ends-with(".json");  # all .json files

.say for paths(:recurse);                   # also recurse in non-accepted dirs


Exports a subroutine paths that creates a Seq of absolute path strings of files for the given directory and all its sub-directories (with the notable exception of . and ..).


The only positional argument is optional: it can either be a path as a string or as an IO object. It defaults to the current directory (also when an undefined value is specified. The (implicitely) specified directory will always be investigated, even if the directory name does not match the :dir argument.

If the specified path exists, but is not a directory, then only that path will be produced if the file-matcher accepts the path. In all other cases, an empty Seq will be returned.

The named argument :dir accepts a matcher to be used in smart-matching with the basename of the directories being found. It defaults to skipping all of the directories that start with a period (also if an undefined value is specified).

The named argument :file accepts a matcher to be used in smart-matching with the basename of the file being found. It defaults to True, meaning that all possible files will be produced (also if an undefined values is specified).

The named argument :recurse accepts a boolean value to indicate whether subdirectories that did not match the :dir specification, should be investigated as well. By default, it will not.


Elizabeth Mattijsen liz@raku.rocks

Source can be located at: https://github.com/lizmat/paths . Comments and Pull Requests are welcome.

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Copyright 2021, 2022 Elizabeth Mattijsen

This library is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the Artistic License 2.0.