Is there an alternative to os.walk?

Tim Roberts timr at
Sun Oct 8 06:06:33 CEST 2006

"Bruce" <epost2 at> wrote:
>A little late but.. thanks for the replies, was very useful. Here`s
>what I do in this case:
>def search(a_dir):
>   valid_dirs = []
>   walker = os.walk(a_dir)
>   while 1:
>       try:
>           dirpath, dirnames, filenames =
>       except StopIteration:
>           break
>       if dirtest(dirpath,filenames):
>           valid_dirs.append(dirpath)
>   return valid_dirs
>def dirtest(a_dir):
>   testfiles = ['a','b','c']
>   for f in testfiles:
>       if not os.path.exists(os.path.join(a_dir,f)):
>           return 0
>   return 1
>I think you`re right - it`s not os.walk that makes this slow, it`s the
>dirtest method that takes so much more time when there are many files
>in a directory. Also, thanks for pointing me to the path module, was

Umm, may I point out that you don't NEED the "os.path.exists" call, because
you are already being HANDED a list of all the filenames in that directory?
You could "dirtest" with this much faster routinee:

def dirtest(a_dir,filenames):
    for f in ['a','b','c']:
        if not f in filenames:
            return 0
    return 1
- Tim Roberts, timr at
  Providenza & Boekelheide, Inc.

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