Searching for files

In this recipe, we will show how easy it is to filter out files and folders during a search operation on the file system.

Getting ready

Let's assume that we are searching for files in a current working directory. For that, we need to define a variable of the type that points to the . path:

def currentDir = new File('.')

How to do it...

As we already mentioned in the Walking through a directory recursively recipe, Groovy adds a powerful traverse method for helping us with our searching task. Let's explore the options that are given by that method:

  1. The simplest way to search for specific files is to apply some filtering logic within a closure that we pass to the traverse method:
    currentDir.traverse { File file -> if ('.groovy')) ...

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