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From: Beman Dawes (bdawes_at_[hidden])
Date: 2008-05-21 08:31:34

Johan Råde wrote:
> David Abrahams wrote:
>> I was just reviewing the filesystem docs and came across "leaf()". I'm
>> sure this isn't the first time I've seen it, but this time I picked up a
>> little semantic dissonance. Normally we think of "leaf" in the context
>> of a tree as being a thing with no children. An interior node like a
>> directory that has files or other directories in it is usually not
>> called a "leaf." I wonder if this is the best possible name?
>> Is there a precedent we can draw on in some other language/library? In
>> python, it's os.path.basename(p). Perl, php, and the posix basename
>> command seem to do something similar.
> David is absolutely right.
> The name leaf is the result of conceptual confusion,
> failure to distinguish between the tree structure of the file system
> and the linear structure of a path.
> If possible, at this late stage, the names should be changed.

Why don't you and Dave come up with a proposed set of names? The current
names are:


For examples, see


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