[Haskell-cafe] Filesystem questions

Bryan O'Sullivan bos at serpentine.com
Sat Oct 13 21:44:06 EDT 2007

Yitzchak Gale wrote:

> Python also has os.walk, a very convenient functional (sort of)
> tool for recursing through directories. (It sounds trivial, but
> it is not, there are enough annoying details that this function
> saves huge amounts of time.) Very embarrassing that Haskell
> is missing this.

See System.FilePath.Find in 

> How about a built-in function that represents a directory tree
> as a lazy Data.Tree?

Not a very good idea.  Representing a directory structure as a tree 
makes people think they can manipulate it as if it were a tree, which 
leads to all kinds of nasty bugs when the real world bleeds through the 
holes in the abstraction.


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