[Openmcl-devel] upcoming 1.6 release
R. Matthew Emerson
rme at clozure.com
Tue Oct 12 12:25:35 CDT 2010
On Oct 11, 2010, at 5:55 PM, Zach Beane wrote:
> Michael Minerva <minerva at agentsheets.com> writes:
>> I've had success using recursive-delete-directory from pathnames.lisp to delete directories.
> I noticed both CCL::RECURSIVE-DELETE-DIRECTORY and CCL::%RMDIR, but
> hesitated to use them because they're not exported. Are they the best
> supported option, or is there something else I should use?
> cl-fad references ccl:delete-directory, but I don't see that anywhere.
CL-FAD itself puts a delete-directory function into the CCL package. It really shouldn't be putting stuff in the CCL package.
I think what we should do is add ccl:delete-directory to CCL.
It seems pointless to have a function that deletes a directory, but only if it's empty: usually what one wants is to remove a directory and all its contents. There seems little use in having something like (delete-directory :recursive-p nil), but maybe there's a reason I haven't thought of.
Anyway, I added and exported delete-directory to the trunk, and it'll be in 1.6. It deletes a directory and all its contents.
For supporting earlier releases, I don't suppose there's anything better to use than ccl::%rmdir. You could wrap it up in a little function like this:
(defun my-delete-directory (path)
"Delete the empty directory specified by PATH."
(let* ((namestring (ccl:native-translated-namestring path))
(err (ccl::%rmdir namestring)))
(or (eql 0 err) (ccl::signal-file-error err path))))
recursive-delete-directory calls cl:directory without using :follow-links nil. This makes it end up deleting the target of a symbolic link rather than the link itself. This might lead to, er, dissatisfaction, so I'm inclined to avoid recommending it.
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