os.listdir unwanted behaviour

Tim Chase python.list at tim.thechases.com
Tue Sep 29 11:03:17 CEST 2009

Piet van Oostrum wrote:
>>>>>> Steven D'Aprano <steven at REMOVE.THIS.cybersource.com.au> (SD) wrote:
>> SD> What you describe is impossible -- os.listdir() returns an ordinary list, 
>> SD> it isn't a lazy iterator that updates automatically as the directory 
>> SD> changes. (At least not in Python2.5 -- I haven't checked Python 3.1.) 
> He's not using Python3, see the print statement and the file function.
> But even with the appropriate changes the behaviour will be the same in
> 3.1 as in 2.x.

I think Steven may be remembering the conversation here on c.l.p 
a month or two back where folks were asking to turn os.listdir() 
into an iterator (or create an os.xlistdir() or os.iterdir() 
function) because directories with lots of files were causing 
inordinate slowdown.  Yes, listdir() in both 2.x and 3.x both 
return lists while such a proposed iterator version could be 
changed on the fly by interim file/directory creation.


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