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September 27, 2021

Clojure Goodness: Create All Parent Directories For A File

The Clojure namespace contains useful functions to work with files. One of those functions is make-parents. We can pass a instance as arguments or use the same arguments that can be passed to the file function that is also in this namespace. The function will create all parent directories for the file. The return result is true if the directories are created (they didn't exist before) and false when the directories didn't have to be created (already exist).

In the following example we see an example of usage of the make-parents function:

  (:require [ :refer [make-parents file]]
            [clojure.test :refer [is]]))

;; make-parents will create the parents directories for a file 
;; The function returns true if the directories are created, 
;; false if the directories already exist.
(let [file (file "tmp" "clojure" "sample.txt")]
  (is (true? (make-parents file)) "All parent directories are created")
  (is (false? (make-parents file)) "Second time the directory already exists"))

;; make-parents uses the same arguments as the function
(is (true? (make-parents "tmp" "clj" "sample.txt")) "Directories tmp/clj are created")

Written with Clojure 1.10.3.