waling a directory with very many files

Tim Chase python.list at tim.thechases.com
Sun Jun 14 22:07:25 EDT 2009

>> 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.
> You did not specify version.  In Python3, os.walk has become a generater 
> function.  So, to answer your question, use 3.1.

Since at least 2.4, os.walk has itself been a generator. 
However, the contents of the directory (the 3rd element of the 
yielded tuple) is a list produced by listdir() instead of a 
generator.  Unless listdir() has been changed to a generator 
instead of a list (which other respondents seem to indicate has 
not been implemented), this doesn't address the OP's issue of 
"lots of files in a single directory".


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