View Full Version : how to distinguish directories(folders) and files in MEL?

11 November 2006, 09:49 PM
i am writing a mel script that involves "getFileList" command. it returns everything both folders and files with the given path. but now i need to know which ones are files and which ones are folders.

i kinda have a temp solution for this now, which i use "fileExtension" to check if it has an extension, if it does its a file, if not its a folder. this may work "ok" on NT system, but for linux/unix system, often files dont have extensions.

i would like to know how other ppl deal with this.

11 November 2006, 09:58 PM
never mind ppl, sorry
i think `file -q -type "path"` will do

11 November 2006, 06:45 AM
Just in case you do need it next time:

filetest -d "path/to/file/you/want/to/test";

If the object is a directory, 1 will be returned.

filetest -f "path/to/file/you/want/to/test";

If the object is a regular file, 1 will be returned.

11 November 2006, 07:11 AM
cool!! thanks isoparmB!!

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