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Subject: Re: [boost] [Filesystem V3] file_status over-design?
From: Edward Diener (eldiener_at_[hidden])
Date: 2010-02-23 08:53:01

Beman Dawes wrote:
> Both Filesystem V2 and V3 status() functions return an object of class
> file_status. file_status is just a thin wrapper around a file_type
> enum:
> enum file_type { status_error, file_not_found, regular_file,
> directory_file,
> symlink_file, block_file, character_file,
> fifo_file, socket_file,
> type_unknown
> };
> It was designed that way on the assumption that file_status would
> eventually include additional state information.
> But that never happened, so it looks like over-design my part.
> The fix would be to rename the enum as file_status, and remove the
> current class file_status entirely. That would break a certain amount
> of existing code, but I suspect the C++ committee would force such a
> change anyhow for TR2, so better to get it over with now.
> Comments? Opinions?

Keep the status() function but add a filetype() function which returns a
file_type enumerated value.

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