6 Replies Latest reply: Nov 15, 2008 11:12 PM by 800308 RSS

    Listing File Hierarchy in console using a Tree structure

      first off i'm a college student. i'm not that good at java... we got this CA in class and try as i might i just can't get my head around it

      i was wondering if someone who know a bit more about java then i do would point me in the right direction, were i'm going wrong in my code

      i have to list out sub-files and sub-directorys of a folder (i.e. C:/test) to console using tree structure

      like this

      dir1 //subfolder of startingdir
      dir11 //subfolder of dir1
      dir111 //subfolder of dir11
      dir12 //subfolder of dir1
      file1A // document on dir1
      dir2 //subfolder of startingdir

      import java.util.Iterator;
      import java.util.LinkedList;
      import java.util.ListIterator;
      import java.util.NoSuchElementException;
      import java.util.Deque;
      public class Tree<E> {
          // Each Tree object is an unordered tree whose
          // elements are arbitrary objects of type E.
          // This tree is represented by a reference to its root node (root), which
          // is null if the tree is empty. Each tree node contains a link to its 
          // parent and a LinkedList of child nodes
          private Node root;
          //////////// Constructor ////////////
          public Tree () {
          // Construct a tree, initially empty.
              root = null;
          //////////// Accessors ////////////
          public boolean isEmpty () {
          // Return true is and only if this tree is empty.
               return (root == null);
          public Node root () {
          // Return the root node of this tree, or null if this tree is empty.
              return root;
          public Node parent (Node node) {
          // Return the parent of node in this tree, or null if node is the root node.
              return node.parent;
          public void makeRoot (E elem) {
          // Make this tree consist of just a root node containing element elem.
              root = new Node(elem);
          public Node addChild (Node node, E elem) {
          // Add a new node containing element elem as a child of node in this
          // tree. The new node has no children of its own. Return the node
          // just added.
              Node newChild = new Node(elem);
              newChild.parent = node;
              return newChild;
          public E element (Node node) {
               return node.getElement();
          //////////// Iterators ////////////
          public Iterator childrenIterator (Node node) {
              return node.children.iterator();
          public Iterator nodesPreOrder () {
          // Return an iterator that visits all nodes of this tree, with a pre-order
          // traversal.
              return new Tree.PreOrderIterator();
          //////////// Inner classes ////////////
          public class Node {
              // Each Tree.Node object is a  node of an
              // unordered tree, and contains a single element.
              // This tree node consists of an element (element), 
              // a link to its parent
              // and a LinkedList of its children
              private E element;
              private Node parent;
              private LinkedList<Node> children;
              private Node (E elem) {
                  // Construct a tree node, containing element elem, that has no
                  // children and no parent.
                  this.element = elem;
                  this.parent = null;
                  children = new LinkedList<Node>();
              public E getElement () {
              // Return the element contained in this node.
                  return this.element;
              public String toString () {
              // Convert this tree node and all its children to a string.
                  String children = "";
                  // write code here to add all children 
                  return element.toString() + children;
              public void setElement (E elem) {
              // Change the element contained in this node to be elem.
                  this.element = elem;
          public class PreOrderIterator implements Iterator {
              private Deque<Node> track; //Java recommends using Deque rather 
              // than Stack. This is used to store sequence of nomempty subtrees still 
              //to be visited
              private PreOrderIterator () {
                  track = new LinkedList();
                  if (root != null)
              public boolean hasNext () {
                  return (! track.isEmpty());
              public E next () {
                  Node place = track.removeFirst();
                  //stack the children in reverse order
                  if (!place.children.isEmpty()) {
                      int size = place.children.size(); //number of children
                      ListIterator<Node> lIter =
                              place.children.listIterator(size); //start iterator at last child
                      while (lIter.hasPrevious()) {
                          Node element = lIter.previous();
                  return place.element;
              public void remove () {
                  throw new UnsupportedOperationException();
      import java.io.File;
      import java.util.Iterator;
      public class FileHierarchy {
          // Each FileHierarchy object describes a hierarchical collection of 
          // documents and folders, in which a folder may contain any number of 
          // documents and other folders. Within a given folder, all documents and 
          // folders have different names.
          // This file hierarchy is represented by a tree, fileTree, whose elements 
          // are Descriptor objects.
          private Tree fileTree;
          //////////// Constructor ////////////
          public FileHierarchy (String startingDir, int level) {
              // Construct a file hierarchy with level levels, starting at 
              // startingDir
              // Can initially ignore level and construct as many levels as exist
              fileTree = new Tree();
              Descriptor descr = new Descriptor(startingDir, true);
              int currentLevel = 0;
              int maxLevel = level;
              addSubDirs(fileTree.root(), currentLevel, maxLevel);
          //////////// File hierarchy operations ////////////
          private void addSubDirs(Tree.Node currentNode, int currentLevel, 
                  int maxLevel) {
          // get name of directory in currentNode
          // then find its subdirectories (can add files later)
          // for each subdirectory:
          //    add it to children of currentNode - call addChild method of Tree
          //    call this method recursively on each child node representing a subdir
          // can initially ignore currentLevel and maxLevel    
              Descriptor descr = (Descriptor) currentNode.getElement();
              File f = new File(descr.name);
              File[] list = f.listFiles();
              for (int i = 0; i < list.length; ++i) {
                  if (list.isDirectory()) {
      File[] listx = null;
      fileTree.addChild(currentNode, i);
      if (list[i].list().length != 0) {
      listx = list[1].listFiles();
      } else if (list[i].isFile()) {
      fileTree.addChild(currentNode, i);

      // The following code is sample code to illustrate how File class is
      // used to get a list of subdirectories from a starting directory
      // list now contains subdirs and files
      // contained in dir descr.name


      ////////// Inner class for document/folder descriptors. //////////
      private static class Descriptor {
      // Each Descriptor object describes a document or folder.
      private String name;
      private boolean isFolder;

      private Descriptor (String name, boolean isFolder) {
      this.name = name;
      this.isFolder = isFolder;

      public class FileHierarchyTest {

      private static Tree fileTree;

      public static void main(String[] args) {
      FileHierarchy test = new FileHierarchy ("//test", 1);
        • 1. Re: Listing File Hierarchy in console using a Tree structure
          Must you use that tree structure? If not, here's how I'd do it:
          main {
            processFolder(new File("C:\\Test"), 0); // level 0 means no spaces before the root
          processFolder(File f, int level) {
            processFile(f, level); // print out the name just like processFile
            File[] = list f's files
            for each file innerF in f {
              if it's a directory, processFolder(innerF, level + 1);
              else processFile(innerF, level + 1);
          processFile(File f, int level) {
            for (int i = 0; i < level; i++)
              System.out.print(' ');
          Edited by: Looce on Nov 14, 2008 3:06 PM
          forgot my closing (pseudo)code tag
          • 2. Re: Listing File Hierarchy in console using a Tree structure
            thank for the reply... :) unfortunately it has to be a tree structure.

            i will have another go at it see if i can get it working
            • 3. Re: Listing File Hierarchy in console using a Tree structure

              Do you have [red hair|http://www.dennisthemenace.com/]? ;-)

              My advise with the tree structure is pretty short and sweet... make each node remember
              1. it's parent
              2. it's children

              That's how the file system (inode) actually works.

              The exact reasoning for designating these as "i" nodes is unsure. When asked, Unix pioneer Dennis Ritchie replied:[citation needed]
              In truth, I don't know either. It was just a term that we started to use. "Index" is my best guess, because of the
              slightly unusual file system structure that stored the access information of files as a flat array on the disk, with all
              the hierarchical directory information living aside from this. Thus the i-number is an index in this array, the
              i-node is the selected element of the array. (The "i-" notation was used in the 1st edition manual; its hyphen
              became gradually dropped).
              • 4. Re: Listing File Hierarchy in console using a Tree structure
                Doh! I see you've allready done that.
                • 5. Re: Listing File Hierarchy in console using a Tree structure
                  i figured it out... thank for help anyway
                  • 6. Re: Listing File Hierarchy in console using a Tree structure
                    Dennis... Would you care to please post your latest then... I admit I gave up on it about 2am last night.

                    I can recurse the sooker ok (my "on add" debug prints look fine)... but my resulting tree is totally stuffed... I keep "backtracking" up the tree somehow... and I'm supposed to be "good" at this programming stuff (ergo I do it for a living), but I'll be stuffed if I can figure it out, even with a debugger.

                    Cheers Mate. Keith.