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Re: Finding empty directories

    Hi Bart :)

 * Bart Schaefer <schaefer@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> dixit:
> [My ISP had a "latency problem" (their words)

    Sorry :((( I've had problems with email, too, and its *very*

> >     I want to test if a directory is empty or not and I've thought
> > that I could test for the expansion of dirname/*(DN[1]).
> >     Anyway I was wondering if is there a better way of doing that
> 	dirname(N-/l2)

    I tried that too, but it doesn't work, because under Linux,
directories with just files on them seems to have only two links :(
Don't know if this is a problem of the filesystem (ext3) or if this
is the standard Unix behaviour...

    To my knowledge, and empty dir has only two hardlinks: the '.'
and the '..' entries :?? But anyway, using stat on empty dirs and on
dirs with just files in it, gives me 'nlink' as '2' :((
> In some older versions of zsh you may need to do something funky to get
> the parenthesized part to be interpreted as glob qualifiers, because in
> those versions qualifiers are interpreted only when a metacharacter is
> part of the pattern.

    I'm using 4.0.7 right now, so this is not a problem.
> >     I would like to test if a filename correspond to a dangling
> > symlink, too. I can find dangling symlinks using **/*(-@), but if I
> > just have a file listing, how can I test if a file is a dangling
> > symlink or not?
> What do you mean by "just have a file listing"?  Except as noted above for
> older versions, you can always append a glob qual, as in file(N-@).

    A generated list of files in a file, for example, which I must
examine entry by entry. Obviously I didn't know that you can append a
glob qual even if no glob metachar is present O:)) I did a quick and
dirty test that failed (a typo, obviously) and I thought that it
couldn't be done at all. My fault, sorry O:)))

> > I've found that doing the following test:
> >     [[ -h file && ( -r file || -d file ) ]]
> Yes, -r and -d use stat(2) rather than lstat(2), but you probably want
> 	[[ -h file && ( -f file || -d file ) ]]

    Yes, true, just a typo O:))
> You could also do something like
> 	zmodload zsh/stat
> 	{ stat +link bar && ! stat +nlink bar 2>/dev/null } >/dev/null

    Yes, I know, but I wanted to avoid depending on zsh/stat module,
although it is not an issue.

    Thanks a lot :)))

    Raúl Núñez de Arenas Coronado

Linux Registered User 88736
http://www.pleyades.net & http://raul.pleyades.net/

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