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From "Niall Pemberton" <>
Subject Re: [io] DirectoryWalker scan order
Date Sat, 20 Oct 2007 04:23:26 GMT
On 10/19/07, Adrian Herscu <> wrote:
> Hi all,
> I have a test that depends on the scanning order of the
> DirectoryWalker#walk method. The (or, my) problem with this method is
> that it depends on the order of the file array returned by the
> File#listFiles method which by definition does not guarantee any
> particular order...
> My specific problem is that tests which pass on a Win32 OS fail on a
> *nix OS because of different scanning order :-(
> I cannot see any way to make it scan directories in a specific order...
> Both walk methods cannot be overridden (one is private and the other is
> protected and final).
> Any reason for this design?

The private walk method is the guts of the DirectoryWalker - if it
could be overriden then it could be done in one of 2 ways - either 1)
just providing different logic (i.e. not calling super.walk()) and in
this case then its better to just do this in completely different
method (e.g. run() ) - or 2) doing something and calling super.walk()
- in this instance there is already a handleDirectoryStart() method
that could be used to achieve the same thing.

> Perhaps in the next release someone will add an additional walk version
> that accepts a sorter...

Guess you mean java.util.Comparator? We could do that, although it may
be confusing since someone may expect all files/directories to be
processed in that order - rather than just the contents of individual
directories to be sorted.

The best thing to do if you want this is to file an enhancement
request using Jira:


> Adrian.

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