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Search a filesystem using zero or more file and directory filters.

Project Description

FSS will recursively scan the given directory for matching files and yield results as a generator. You may provide a list of include/exclude rules for files and/or directories.

The searching is done asynchronously from another process. This way, the searching and whatever you’re doing with the results may potentially run in parallel.


As Library


import fss.constants
import fss.config.log
import fss.orchestrator

root_path = '/etc'

filter_rules = [
    (fss.constants.FT_DIR, fss.constants.FILTER_INCLUDE, 'init'),
    (fss.constants.FT_FILE, fss.constants.FILTER_INCLUDE, 'net*'),
    (fss.constants.FT_FILE, fss.constants.FILTER_EXCLUDE, 'networking.conf'),

o = fss.orchestrator.Orchestrator(root_path, filter_rules)
for (entry_type, entry_filepath) in o.recurse():
    if entry_type == fss.constants.FT_DIR:
        print("Directory: [%s]" % (entry_filepath,))
    else: # entry_type == fss.constants.FT_FILE:
        print("File: [%s]" % (entry_filepath,))


Directory: [/etc/init]
File: [/etc/networks]
File: [/etc/netconfig]
File: [/etc/init/network-interface-container.conf]
File: [/etc/init/networking.conf]
File: [/etc/init/network-interface-security.conf]
File: [/etc/init/network-interface.conf]

Notice that even though we only include directories named “init” we’ll still see matching files from the root-path.

As Script

You can also use FSS from the command-line. You’ll get a printout of the results that you can consume and parse.


$ pathscan -i "i*.h" -id php /usr/include
F /usr/include/iconv.h
F /usr/include/ifaddrs.h
F /usr/include/inttypes.h
F /usr/include/iso646.h
D /usr/include/php


  • Python 3.4



$ sudo pip3 install pathscan

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