waling a directory with very many files

Andre Engels andreengels at gmail.com
Sun Jun 14 16:35:50 EDT 2009

On Sun, Jun 14, 2009 at 6:35 PM, tom<fsb at thefsb.org> wrote:
> i can traverse a directory using os.listdir() or os.walk(). but if a
> directory has a very large number of files, these methods produce very
> large objects talking a lot of memory.
> in other languages one can avoid generating such an object by walking
> a directory as a liked list. for example, in c, perl or php one can
> use opendir() and then repeatedly readdir() until getting to the end
> of the file list. it seems this could be more efficient in some
> applications.
> is there a way to do this in python? i'm relatively new to the
> language. i looked through the documentation and tried googling but
> came up empty.

What kind of directories are those that just a list of files would
result in a "very large" object? I don't think I have ever seen
directories with more than a few thousand files...

André Engels, andreengels at gmail.com

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