Re: ensure-directories aka create-directories Lassi Kortela 31 Jul 2020 13:14 UTC
> Python has an inverse operation as > well that is not a full rm -rf: given foo/bar/baz it removes it, then > removes foo/bar, then removes foo. The usual rules for rmdir() apply. > The Python version silently stops if any directory is non-empty, does > not exist, etc., but clearly an exception should be raised. I'm not > sure that this is quite as strong a candidate. This is nice to have but is not as often needed, and the desired semantics are not as clear: if we have a whole tree full of empty directories, would it make more sense to delete all of them? Doing a naive check for an empty vs non-empty directory would consider a tree of empty directories (with more than one branch at some depth) non-empty. Also, should zero-byte files count as empty? Incidentally I wrote a program last year to remove empty trees from the command line: <https://github.com/lassik/rmempty>.