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Locate directories that have a certain type of file

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#1 ·  Posted

Here's a script that I fashioned as a front end for other processing:

;
;           Script to build an array of all subdirs that contain a certain type of file
;           (based on a selected starting directory in a disk drive's "tree structure")
;
#include <File.au3>
#include <Misc.au3>

$type = "*.PDF"                             ;   <<< SPECIFY THE FILE EXTENSION

$dir = FileSelectFolder ( "Select a directory to process", "C:\")

; "List folders and subfolders within the root folder" (If path ends in \ then folders will be returned with an ending \.)
$aList = _FileListToArrayRec($dir, "*", $FLTA_FOLDERS, $FLTAR_RECUR, $FLTAR_NOSORT, $FLTAR_FULLPATH)
;_ArrayDisplay($aList)                      ; FOR DEBUG, ONLY

If IsArray($aList) Then
    For $a = $aList[0] To 1 Step -1
        $hSearch = FileFindFirstFile($aList[$a] & "\" & $type)
        If $hSearch = -1 Then               ; if nothing found,
            _ArrayDelete($aList, $a)        ; get rid of the subdir entry
        Else
            FileClose($hSearch)         ; close the active search handle
        EndIf
    If _IsPressed("11") Then Exit       ; CTRL key lets you force an exit
    Next
Else
    MsgBox(0, "Problem", "The directory could not be processed for some reason.")
    Exit
EndIf
$aList[0] = Ubound($aList) - 1
_ArrayDisplay($aList)                       ; THE RESULT

 

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#3 ·  Posted

I think the reason is:

Your example returns an array of all found files in the path.

My example returns an array of the subdirectories that contain such files.

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#4 ·  Posted

I noticed that the code in the original post won't return the root folder that is being searched. For example if I search on the Documents folder for PDFs, it won't return the Documents folder as one of the folders containing PDFs even though there are PDFs there.


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#5 ·  Posted

Interesting.  Thanks for pointing that out.  That escaped me because, as I mentioned, it's a front end for a process where all the content happens to be in subdirectories.  I'll have to experiment with _FileListToArrayRec().  In the mean time, I suppose anyone who needs files from $dir can append it to the array before the FindFirstFile loop.

 

 

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#6 ·  Posted

hmmm, why not take Func _FileListToArrayRec( and add the  If _IsPressed("11") Then where the "FindNextFileW" is at.
All you really want to do is able to cut it short if it takes too long .

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