FindAllFiles

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Unit: Lazarus fileutil

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procedure FindAllFiles(AList: TStrings; const SearchPath: String;
  SearchMask: String = ''; SearchSubDirs: Boolean = True; DirAttr: Word = faDirectory); 
 
function FindAllFiles(const SearchPath: String; SearchMask: String = '';
  SearchSubDirs: Boolean = True): TStringList;

FindAllFiles looks for files matching the searchmask in the SearchPath directory and if specified its children and populates a stringlist with the resulting filenames.

The mask can be a single mask like you can use with the FindFirst/FindNext functions, or it can consist of a list of masks, separated by a semicolon (;).
Spaces in the mask are treated as literals.

There are two overloaded versions of this routine. The first one is a procedure and assumes that the receiving stringlist already has been created. The second one is a function which creates the stringlist internally and returns it as a function result. In both cases the stringlist must be destroyed by the calling procedure.

Example:

uses 
  ..., FileUtil, ...
var
  PascalFiles: TStringList;
begin
  PascalFiles := TStringList.Create;
  try
    FindAllFiles(PascalFiles, LazarusDirectory, '*.pas;*.pp;*.p;*.inc', true); //find e.g. all pascal sourcefiles
    ShowMessage(Format('Found %d Pascal source files', [PascalFiles.Count]));
  finally
    PascalFiles.Free;
  end;
 
// or
 
begin
  //No need to create the stringlist; the function does that for you
  PascalFiles := FindAllFiles(LazarusDirectory, '*.pas;*.pp;*.p;*.inc', true); //find e.g. all pascal sourcefiles
  try
    ShowMessage(Format('Found %d Pascal source files', [PascalFiles.Count]));
  finally
    PascalFiles.Free;
  end;

IMPORTANT NOTE: The function "FindAllFiles" creates the stringlist internally. This may look very convenient at first sight, but it is very easy to create memory leaks that way:

  // DON'T EVER DO THIS !!!! - There is no way to destroy the stringlist created by FindAllFiles.
  Listbox1.Items.Assign(FindAllFiles(LazarusDirectory, '*.pas;*.pp;*.p;*.inc', true);
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Note: If you want to use this function in command line programs, add a project requirement for LCLBase, which will not pull in the entire LCL