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- Subject: Re: Library bindings or os.execute?
- From: Parke <parke.nexus@...>
- Date: Thu, 15 Jun 2017 09:53:45 -0700
On Tue, Jun 13, 2017 at 11:35 PM, Sean Conner <email@example.com> wrote:
> Several years ago, I starting writing a program to index all the files on
> my computer (a Linux system). Part of this indexing involved classifying
> the type of file and for that, Linux came with a program called 'file' that
> does that. It supported the option "-f" to read filenames from stdin and it
> would write the file type (I used the "-i" option to print out mime types).
> So my thought was: I can invoke "file", feeding it filenames in stdin,
> and reading the file types on stdout. Only issue was: popen() (and by
> extension, io.popen() but this was before I got into Lua) only supports
> reading or writing (but not both). I was trying to avoid having to generate
> a list prior (1,499,996 entries---probably more now) to generating the
> "Not a problem," thought I. "I wrote a Unix shell as a college project,
> I know how to execute a program with redirection." And so I did a
> bi-directional "popen()" function---
> ---which failed miserably.
Why do you need bi-directional popen for this task?
for entry in io.popen 'find / | file -f -' : lines () do
print ( entry ) end
A similar approach should work in C.