#482 Consistent cross-platform SysFileTree recursive behavior


I inquired on the dev list, did not sound like I had posted this RFE before, so here goes...

Some time ago I ran up against unhelpful behavior with SysFileTree on *nix and the "dotted 'hidden' file/directory concept".

I recall it being stated that a new switch would be required in order to produce a SysFileTree of ALLLLLL files/directories recursively WITHOUT ANY REGARD to "dotted 'hidden' files/directories".

As is, I must do four separate calls to SysFileTree and merge the stem outputs, to get a close representation. Once for each of the following:

Files *

Files .*

Dirs *

Dirs .*

And the catch is that it is not guaranteed to pick up dotted files several levels inside a dotted directory name, etc...

Since one enhancement to SysFileTree has recently been committed, with code fresh in the minds of developers, would an additional enhancement to really support ALLLLL files/directories/both be
considered provided a new letter identifier option switch?

Doing so would at least produce consistent cross platform output between Windows and Linux, which I would be most appreciative of.


  • Mark Miesfeld

    Mark Miesfeld - 2012-08-28
    • status: unread --> open
  • Maurice Batey

    Maurice Batey - 2013-03-26

    I also have now struck this problem with SysFileTree, whose description says it will find Linux 'hidden' (prefixed ".") files, but does not.

    Please, can it be adjusted to do what it promises?
    Otherwise, ugly coding is involved...

  • Rick McGuire

    Rick McGuire - 2013-11-20
    • Milestone: v4.2.0 --> None


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