list_files — List all files in a directory.
list_files returns all files in the directory given by
Directory in the parameters
Files. The current
directory can be specified with '' or '.'. The
Options can be used to specify different
processing options by passing a tuple of values. If
Options contains 'files' only the files present in
Directory are returned. If 'directories' is
passed, only the directories present in
returned. Directories are marked by a trailing
'\' (Windows) or a trailing
'/' (Unix-like systems). If files as well as directories should be
returned, ['files','directories'] must be passed. If
neither 'files' nor 'directories' is passed,
list_files returns an empty tuple. By passing
'recursive', it can be specified that the directory tree
should be searched recursively by examining all sub-directories. On
Unix-like systems, 'follow_links' can be used to specify that
symbolic links to files or directories should be followed. In the
default setting, symbolic links are not dereferenced, and hence are
not searched if they point to directories, and not returned if they
point to files. For the recursive search, a maximum search depth
can be specified with 'max_depth
<d>', where '<d>' is a number that
specifies the maximum depth.
Hence, 'max_depth 2' specifies that
all immediate sub-directories should be searched. If symbolic links
should be followed it might happen that the search does not
terminate if the symbolic links lead to a cycle in the directory
structure. Because of this, at most 1000000 files (and directories)
are returned in
Files. By specifying a different number
with 'max_files <d>', this value
can be reduced.
Name of directory to be listed.
Default value: 'files'
Suggested values: 'files', 'directories', 'recursive', 'follow_links', 'max_depth 5', 'max_files 1000'
Found files (and directories).
list_files returns the value TRUE if the directory exists
and could be read. Otherwise, an exception is raised.