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Searching file extensions

by Anonymous Monk
on Jun 19, 2003 at 11:23 UTC ( #267140=perlquestion: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

Anonymous Monk has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

I need to search for all extension with:
html htm pl cfm
My search is working but the actual finding of file extenstions needs some work. Here is the part I have so far for searching .htm and .html files:
if( $_ =~ /\.html?$/)
#rest of my script here...all works okay

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Re: Searching file extensions
by broquaint (Abbot) on Jun 19, 2003 at 11:30 UTC
    Not being able to spot a single question mark (bar the regex quantifier) I'm not sure what your question is, so here's some code to find extensions instead
    use File::Find::Rule; my @files = find( file => name => [ qw/ *.html *.htm *.pl *.cfm / ], in => @ARGV );
    This will recursively search for all files ending in html, htm, pl and cfm in all the directories in @ARGV and then assigning the the resulting list of filenames to @files. See. the ever-handy File::Find::Rule for more info.


      My question is how can I put all four of the extensions in my search?
      if( $_ =~ /\.html?$/ or \.cfm/ or \.pl/)
      Basically get it to search for all four in my "if( $_ =~ /\.html?$/ or \.cfm/ or \.pl/)" part. I dont think I can put "or" in my search part so how else can I do it?
        A simple use of grouping and alternation should do the trick e.g
        print "$_ - ", ( /\.(?:html?|cfm|pl)$/ ? "yep" : "nope" ), "\n" for qw/ bar.cfm baz.htm /; __output__ - yep bar.cfm - yep baz.htm - yep - nope
        See. perlre for more info on regexes.


Re: Searching file extensions
by Zaxo (Archbishop) on Jun 19, 2003 at 11:32 UTC

    You can do this with glob: my @files = glob '*.{html,htm,pl,cfm}';

    After Compline,

Re: Searching file extensions
by crouchingpenguin (Priest) on Jun 19, 2003 at 12:10 UTC

    How about this (as an alternative to the File::Find answers)?

    #!/usr/bin/perl use strict; use warnings; use Data::Dumper; use constant RECURSIVE => 1; sub find_files_in_dir { my ($dir,@extensions) = @_; my $match = join('|',@extensions); opendir(DIR,$dir) or die $!; my @files = map { $_->{name} . '.' . $_->{extension}; } grep { $_->{extension} =~ m/\A(?:$match)\Z/o if $_; } map { my $file_with_dir = $dir . '/' . $_; if( -f $file_with_dir ){ { name => $1, extension => $2} if m/\A(.*?)\.(.*?)\Z/o; }elsif( RECURSIVE && -d $file_with_dir ){ map { {name => $1, extension => $2} if m/\A(.*?)\.(.*?)\Z/o; } find_files_in_dir($file_with_dir , @extensions ); } } grep { !m/\A(?:\.+)\Z/o } readdir(DIR); closedir(DIR); return @files; } my @files = find_files_in_dir( '.', qw( html pl pm ) ); print Dumper(\@files),"\n";

    Update: Added recursion

    "Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark. Professionals built the Titanic."
      this returns only the file name, how do i get the filepath along with the file name.

        I guess you must have found this ancient thread by searching, so continue your effort and search some more; you will find your answer has already been given here a few hundred times :-)

        If you can't find it after trying for a while, post a new question according to the guidelines. (Hint: this question is not likely to get the answer you are seeking.)

        The way forward always starts with a minimal test.
Re: Searching file extensions
by hardburn (Abbot) on Jun 19, 2003 at 13:53 UTC

    I had a similar problem a while back, which I solved with a dispatch table. Basically, this is a hash where the values are referances to subroutines. Example:

    my %DISPATCH = ( html => \&html, htm => \&html, pl => \&pl, cfm => \&cfm, ); $_ = '/path/to/file.ext'; $_ =~ /\.(\w+)\z/; $DISPATCH{$1}->($_, @other_args) if exists $DISPATCH{$1}; sub html { . . . } sub pl { . . . } sub cfm { . . . }

    I wanted to explore how Perl's closures can be manipulated, and ended up creating an object system by accident.
    -- Schemer

    Note: All code is untested, unless otherwise stated

      Why am I recieving the error message: Can't locate File/Find/ in @INC It didn't seem to have any problem with File:Find
Re: Searching file extensions
by vek (Prior) on Jun 19, 2003 at 13:21 UTC

    You've already been given some good ideas about using File::Find::Rule so I though I'd point out something else you could try to find file extensions. You can also use File::Basename with your existing code:

    my ($name, $dir, $ext) = fileparse($filepath, '\..*');

    -- vek --

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