Library: File system utilities (OMVFS)
Import : omvfs.xmd
Returns: a vfs.directory object for the specified directory
export external directory function connect value string location on value directory on-dir optional
You can use
vfs.connect to create a connection to a directory. The connection will be represented by a
vfs.directory object. While it is usable now, this functionality is intended chiefly for use in a future version of OMVFS that will support a variety of network protocols such as HTTP and FTP. These protocols require a vfs.directory object to retain state information. This is not required with the local file system.
vfs.connect is a general form of the connect functionality that determines the type of connection to make based on the protocol specified in the URL used to specify the resource to connect to.
vfs.connect-directory is a specific form of this functionality intended for use with the local file system.
All functions in the OMVFS library that take directory information (or that assume the current working directory) can also take an
vfs.directory object via the on-dir parameter (heralded by
on). As a general rule, you should specify locations using file system paths when working with the current working directory, and URLs when working with
vfs.directory objects. (In practice some crossover between the two forms is allowed, but this facility should be used with care to ensure consistency.)
The following program creates a connection to a directory. The connection is represented by a vfs.directory object:
import "omvfs.xmd" prefixed by vfs. process local vfs.directory Chicago . set Chicago to vfs.connect "file:///myPrograms/"
The following program creates a connection relative to an existing
import "omvfs.xmd" prefixed by vfs. process local vfs.directory Toronto local vfs.directory Montreal . . . set Montreal to vfs.connect "file:///Olympics/History_In_Canada/" . . . set Toronto to vfs.connect "../Facilities/" on Montreal
The following exceptions may occur: