Scripts to list Directory file & contents

Posted on 1999-01-24
Last Modified: 2010-05-18
I'm looking for perl script to list the files in a directory and the contents of the files. The Contents could be driven from another file with single line discriptsion.
 If you know of something like this please advise.
Question by:dpdr
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opendir(DIR, $some_dir) or die "can't opendir $some_dir: $!";
while( defined($_=readdir(DIR)) ){
    print "$_\n";
#I'm not sure I understand your second sentence.

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could use @file_stats = stat $file;
if you are talking about file att's such as size, mod date etc.

( $dev, $ino, $nlink, $uid, $gid, $rdev, $size,
  $atime, $mtime, $ctime, $blksize, $blocks ) = stat $filename


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I guess I should have been a little clearer. I'm tryint to creat  a listing of documents in a directory. That have the document numbers and a comment line 25 chars. The output of the listing would be HTML and built on the fly. So once the directory was built files added to it would be pickup when someone would access it. then an edit script could be wriiten to add information to a file with the comment data in it.

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tpryor earned 400 total points
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Got ya,

we do this at work a lot.

For speed we index the directory first into a DBM or flat text file usally nightly but we can maually execute it also.

Then we have a front end script that reads the index file and reports the results to the screen.

First decide on what tags you will use and load them into your files.

# next lets read the directory

opendir( DIR, "$dir_path" );

# open every file in the dir

foreach $file ( readdir DIR ) {
      next if ( $file =~ /^\./ ); # skip the . .. files on unix
      open( FILE, "$dir_path:$file" ) || die "couldn't open $file: $!";

# look through each file for our tags
      while ( $line = <FILE> ) {
            last if ( $line =~ /^<!---End of Tags---->/ );
# tags look like this <!--name=value-->
            if ( $line =~ /^<!--/ ) {
                  $line =~ /^<!--(.*[^\=])=(.*[^\-])-->/;

# store tags in array to print to index file later
                  push( @{$tags{"$file"}},  [$1, $2] );
close FILE

# now lets format our tags for index file

foreach $file ( sort keys %tags ) {

       $index .= "$file|";
        foreach $array ( @{$tags{"$file"}} ) {

# we will store our values only in the $index scalar

               $index .= "@$array[1]|";
   $index .= "\n";
closedir DIR;

# now we will write our tags to a flat index file

open ( INDEXFILE, ">$path_to_index_file" );
print INDEXFILE $index;

########### end #############

the file will look like this


if we had three html files with these tags


NEXT you would have a script read the index file and output the results to html.

it is faster and easier to deal with

######### display code ##########

open ( INDEX, "$path_to_index_file" );

# read one record at a time
while( $record = <INDEX> ) {
# split the record up into its parts
@fields = split( /\|/, $record );
# print out with your html
print join( ",", @fields) . "<br>";
close INDEX;
# thats it

########## end ##########

hope that helps


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Thanks that looks like What I need.
I got it to do some stuff in ksh but perl should be faster.

From what you wrote I should be able to modify it if needed.
But starting in perl would mean learning it.


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