On Mon, Jun 30, 2014 at 3:07 PM, Tim Delaney email@example.com wrote:
On 1 July 2014 03:05, Ben Hoyt firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
So, here's my alternative proposal: add an "ensure_lstat" flag to scandir() itself, and don't have *any* methods on DirEntry, only attributes.
Most importantly, *regardless of platform*, the cached stat result (if not None) would reflect the state of the entry at the time the directory was scanned, rather than at some arbitrary later point in time when lstat() was first called on the DirEntry object.
I'm torn between whether I'd prefer the stat fields to be populated on Windows if ensure_lstat=False or not. There are good arguments each way, but overall I'm inclining towards having it consistent with POSIX - don't populate them unless ensure_lstat=True.
+0 for stat fields to be None on all platforms unless ensure_lstat=True.
This won't work well if lstat info is only needed for some entries. Is that a common use-case? It was mentioned earlier in the thread.