File Module

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This XQuery Module contains functions related to file system operations, such as listing, reading, or writing files.

This module is based on the EXPath File Module.

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Conventions

All functions and errors in this module are assigned to the http://expath.org/ns/file namespace, which is statically bound to the file prefix.

For serialization parameters, the http://www.w3.org/2010/xslt-xquery-serialization namespace is used, which is statically bound to the output prefix.

The error invalid-path is raised if a path is invalid.

File Paths

Read Operations

file:list

Signatures file:list($dir as xs:string) as xs:string*
file:list($dir as xs:string, $recursive as xs:boolean) as xs:string*
file:list($dir as xs:string, $recursive as xs:boolean, $pattern as xs:string) as xs:string*
Summary Lists all files and directories found in the specified $dir. The returned paths are relative to the provided path.
The optional parameter $recursive specifies whether sub-directories will be traversed, too.
The optional parameter $pattern defines a file name pattern in the Glob Syntax. If present, only those files and directories are returned that correspond to the pattern. Several patterns can be separated with a comma (,).
Errors not-found: the specified file does not exist.
no-dir: the specified path does not point to a directory.
io-error: the operation fails for some other reason.

file:children

Signatures file:children($dir as xs:string) as xs:string*
Summary Returns the full paths to all files and directories found in the specified $dir.
The inverse function is file:parent. The related function file:list returns relative file paths.
Errors not-found: the specified file does not exist.
no-dir: the specified path does not point to a directory.
io-error: the operation fails for some other reason.

file:read-binary

Signatures file:read-binary($path as xs:string) as xs:base64Binary
file:read-binary($path as xs:string, $offset as xs:integer) as xs:base64Binary
file:read-binary($path as xs:string, $offset as xs:integer, $length as xs:integer) as xs:base64Binary
Summary Reads the binary content of the file specified by $path and returns it as lazy xs:base64Binary item.
The optional parameters $offset and $length can be used to read chunks of a file.
Errors not-found: the specified file does not exist.
is-dir: the specified path is a directory.
out-of-range: the offset or length is negative, or the chosen values would exceed the file bounds.
io-error: the operation fails for some other reason.
Examples
  • lazy:cache(file:read-binary("config.data")) enforces the file access (otherwise, it will be delayed until requested first).

file:read-text

Signatures file:read-text($path as xs:string) as xs:string
file:read-text($path as xs:string, $encoding as xs:string) as xs:string
file:read-text($path as xs:string, $encoding as xs:string, $fallback as xs:boolean) as xs:string
Summary Reads the textual contents of the file specified by $path and returns it as lazy xs:string item:
  • The UTF-8 default encoding can be overwritten with the optional $encoding argument.
  • By default, invalid characters will be rejected. If $fallback is set to true, these characters will be replaced with the Unicode replacement character FFFD (�).
Errors not-found: the specified file does not exist.
is-dir: the specified path is a directory.
unknown-encoding: the specified encoding is not supported, or unknown.
io-error: the operation fails for some other reason.
Examples
  • lazy:cache(file:read-text("ids.txt")) enforces the file access (otherwise, it will be delayed until requested first).

file:read-text-lines

Updated with Version 9.0: file:read-text-lines: $offset and $length arguments added.

Signatures file:read-text-lines($path as xs:string) as xs:string
file:read-text-lines($path as xs:string, $encoding as xs:string) as xs:string*
file:read-text-lines($path as xs:string, $encoding as xs:string, $fallback as xs:boolean) as xs:string*
file:read-text-lines($path as xs:string, $encoding as xs:string, $fallback as xs:boolean, $offset as xs:integer) as xs:string*
file:read-text-lines($path as xs:string, $encoding as xs:string, $fallback as xs:boolean, $offset as xs:integer, $length as xs:integer) as xs:string*
Summary Reads the textual contents of the file specified by $path and returns it as a sequence of xs:string items:
  • The UTF-8 default encoding can be overwritten with the optional $encoding argument.
  • By default, invalid characters will be rejected. If $fallback is set to true, these characters will be replaced with the Unicode replacement character FFFD (�).

The lines to be read can be restricted with the optional parameters $offset and $length.

Errors not-found: the specified file does not exist.
is-dir: the specified path is a directory.
unknown-encoding: the specified encoding is not supported, or unknown.
io-error: the operation fails for some other reason.

Write Operations

file:create-dir

Signatures file:create-dir($dir as xs:string) as empty-sequence()
Summary Creates the directory specified by $dir, including all non-existing parent directories.
Errors exists: a file with the same path already exists.
io-error: the operation fails for some other reason.

file:create-temp-dir

Signatures file:create-temp-dir($prefix as xs:string, $suffix as xs:string) as xs:string
file:create-temp-dir($prefix as xs:string, $suffix as xs:string, $dir as xs:string) as xs:string
Summary Creates a new temporary directory that did not exist before this function was called, and returns its full file path. The directory name begins and ends with the specified $prefix and $suffix. If no directory is specified via $dir, the directory will be placed in the system’s default temporary directory. The operation will create all non-existing parent directories.
Errors no-dir: the specified directory points to a file.
io-error: the directory could not be created.

file:create-temp-file

Signatures file:create-temp-file($prefix as xs:string, $suffix as xs:string) as xs:string
file:create-temp-file($prefix as xs:string, $suffix as xs:string, $dir as xs:string) as xs:string
Summary Creates a new temporary file that did not exist before this function was called, and returns its full file path. The file name begins and ends with the specified $prefix and $suffix. If no directory is specified via $dir, the file will be placed in the system’s default temporary directory. The operation will create all non-existing parent directories.
Errors no-dir: the specified directory points to a file.
io-error: the directory could not be created.

file:delete

Signatures file:delete($path as xs:string) as empty-sequence()
file:delete($path as xs:string, $recursive as xs:boolean) as empty-sequence()
Summary Recursively deletes a file or directory specified by $path.
The optional parameter $recursive specifies whether sub-directories will be deleted, too.
Errors not-found: the specified path does not exist.
io-error: the operation fails for some other reason.

file:write

Signatures file:write($path as xs:string, $items as item()*) as empty-sequence()
file:write($path as xs:string, $items as item()*, $params as item()) as empty-sequence()
Summary Writes a serialized sequence of items to the specified file. If the file already exists, it will be overwritten.
The $params argument contains serialization parameters (see Serialization for more details), which can either be specified
  • as children of an <output:serialization-parameters/> element, as defined for the fn:serialize() function; e.g.:
<output:serialization-parameters>
  <output:method value='xml'/>
  <output:cdata-section-elements value="div"/>
  ...
</output:serialization-parameters>
  • as map, which contains all key/value pairs:
map { "method": "xml", "cdata-section-elements": "div", ... }
Errors no-dir: the parent of specified path is no directory.
is-dir: the specified path is a directory.
io-error: the operation fails for some other reason.

file:write-binary

Signatures file:write-binary($path as xs:string, $value as xs:anyAtomicType) as empty-sequence()
file:write-binary($path as xs:string, $value as xs:anyAtomicType, $offset as xs:integer) as empty-sequence()
Summary Writes a binary item (xs:base64Binary, xs:hexBinary) to the specified file. If the file already exists, it will be overwritten.
If $offset is specified, data will be written at this file position. An existing file may be resized by that operation.
Errors no-dir: the parent of specified path is no directory.
is-dir: the specified path is a directory.
out-of-range: the offset is negative, or it exceeds the current file size.
io-error: the operation fails for some other reason.

file:write-text

Signatures file:write-text($path as xs:string, $value as xs:string) as empty-sequence()
file:write-text($path as xs:string, $value as xs:string, $encoding as xs:string) as empty-sequence()
Summary Writes a string to the specified file. If the file already exists, it will be overwritten.
The optional parameter $encoding defines the output encoding (default: UTF-8).
Errors no-dir: the parent of specified path is no directory.
is-dir: the specified path is a directory.
unknown-encoding: the specified encoding is not supported, or unknown.
io-error: the operation fails for some other reason.

file:write-text-lines

Signatures file:write-text-lines($path as xs:string, $values as xs:string*) as empty-sequence()
file:write-text-lines($path as xs:string, $values as xs:string*, $encoding as xs:string) as empty-sequence()
Summary Writes a sequence of strings to the specified file, each followed by the system specific newline character. If the file already exists, it will be overwritten.
The optional parameter $encoding defines the output encoding (default: UTF-8).
Errors no-dir: the parent of specified path is no directory.
is-dir: the specified path is a directory.
unknown-encoding: the specified encoding is not supported, or unknown.
io-error: the operation fails for some other reason.

file:append

Signatures file:append($path as xs:string, $items as item()*) as empty-sequence()
file:append($path as xs:string, $items as item()*, $params as item()) as empty-sequence()
Summary Appends a serialized sequence of items to the specified file. If the file does not exists, a new file is created.
Errors no-dir: the parent of specified path is no directory.
is-dir: the specified path is a directory.
io-error: the operation fails for some other reason.

file:append-binary

Signatures file:append-binary($path as xs:string, $value as xs:anyAtomicType) as empty-sequence()
Summary Appends a binary item (xs:base64Binary, xs:hexBinary) to the specified file. If the file does not exists, a new one is created.
Errors no-dir: the parent of specified path is no directory.
is-dir: the specified path is a directory.
io-error: the operation fails for some other reason.

file:append-text

Signatures file:append-text($path as xs:string, $value as xs:string) as empty-sequence()
file:append-text($path as xs:string, $value as xs:string, $encoding as xs:string) as empty-sequence()
Summary Appends a string to a file specified by $path. If the specified file does not exists, a new file is created.
The optional parameter $encoding defines the output encoding (default: UTF-8).
Errors no-dir: the parent of specified path is no directory.
is-dir: the specified path is a directory.
unknown-encoding: the specified encoding is not supported, or unknown.
io-error: the operation fails for some other reason.

file:append-text-lines

Signatures file:append-text-lines($path as xs:string, $values as xs:string*) as empty-sequence()
file:append-text-lines($path as xs:string, $values as xs:string*, $encoding as xs:string) as empty-sequence()
Summary Appends a sequence of strings to the specified file, each followed by the system specific newline character. If the specified file does not exists, a new file is created.
The optional parameter $encoding defines the output encoding (default: UTF-8).
Errors no-dir: the parent of specified path is no directory.
is-dir: the specified path is a directory.
unknown-encoding: the specified encoding is not supported, or unknown.
io-error: the operation fails for some other reason.


file:copy

Signatures file:copy($source as xs:string, $target as xs:string) as empty-sequence()
Summary Copies a file or directory specified by $source to the file or directory specified by $target. If the target file already exists, it will be overwritten. No operation will be performed if the source and target path are equal.
Errors not-found: the specified source does not exist.
exists: the specified source is a directory and the target is a file.
no-dir: the parent of the specified target is no directory.
io-error: the operation fails for some other reason.

file:move

Signatures file:move($source as xs:string, $target as xs:string) as empty-sequence()
Summary Moves or renames the file or directory specified by $source to the path specified by $target. If the target file already exists, it will be overwritten. No operation will be performed if the source and target path are equal.
Errors not-found: the specified source does not exist.
exists: the specified source is a directory and the target is a file.
no-dir: the parent of the specified target is no directory.
io-error: the operation fails for some other reason.

File Properties

file:exists

Signatures file:exists($path as xs:string) as xs:boolean
Summary Returns an xs:boolean indicating whether a file or directory specified by $path exists in the file system.

file:is-dir

Signatures file:is-dir($path as xs:string) as xs:boolean
Summary Returns an xs:boolean indicating whether the argument $path points to an existing directory.

file:is-absolute

Signatures file:is-absolute($path as xs:string) as xs:boolean
Summary Returns an xs:boolean indicating whether the argument $path is absolute.
The behavior of this function depends on the operating system: On Windows, an absolute path starts with the drive letter and a colon, whereas on Linux it starts with a slash.

file:is-file

Signatures file:is-file($path as xs:string) as xs:boolean
Summary Returns an xs:boolean indicating whether the argument $path points to an existing file.

file:last-modified

Signatures file:last-modified($path as xs:string) as xs:dateTime
Summary Retrieves the timestamp of the last modification of the file or directory specified by $path.
Errors not-found: the specified path does not exist.

file:size

Signatures file:size($file as xs:string) as xs:integer
Summary Returns the size, in bytes, of the file specified by $path, or 0 for directories.
Errors not-found: the specified file does not exist.

Path Functions

file:name

Signatures file:name($path as xs:string) as xs:string
Summary Returns the name of a file or directory specified by $path. An empty string is returned if the path points to the root directory.

file:parent

Signatures file:parent($path as xs:string) as xs:string?
Summary Returns the absolute path to the parent directory of a file or directory specified by $path. An empty sequence is returned if the path points to a root directory.
The inverse function is file:children.
Examples
  • file:parent(static-base-uri()) returns the directory of the current XQuery module.

file:path-to-native

Signatures file:path-to-native($path as xs:string) as xs:string
Summary Transforms the $path argument to its native representation on the operating system.
Errors not-found: the specified file does not exist.
io-error: the specified path cannot be transformed to its native representation.

file:resolve-path

Signatures file:resolve-path($path as xs:string) as xs:string
file:resolve-path($path as xs:string, $base as xs:string) as xs:string
Summary Transforms the $path argument to an absolute operating system path.
If the path is relative, and if an absolute $base path is specified, it will be resolved against this path.
Errors is-relative: the specified base path is relative.
Examples The following examples apply to Windows:
  • file:resolve-path('file.txt', 'C:/Temp/') returns C:/Temp/file.txt.
  • file:resolve-path('file.txt', 'C:/Temp') returns C:/file.txt.
  • file:resolve-path('file.txt', 'Temp') raises an error.

file:path-to-uri

Signatures file:path-to-uri($path as xs:string) as xs:string
Summary Transforms the path specified by $path into a URI with the file:// scheme.

System Properties

file:dir-separator

Signatures file:dir-separator() as xs:string
Summary Returns the directory separator used by the operating system, such as / or \.

file:path-separator

Signatures file:path-separator() as xs:string
Summary Returns the path separator used by the operating system, such as ; or :.

file:line-separator

Signatures file:line-separator() as xs:string
Summary Returns the line separator used by the operating system, such as &#10;, &#13;&#10; or &#13;.

file:temp-dir

Signatures file:temp-dir() as xs:string
Summary Returns the system’s default temporary-file directory.

file:current-dir

Signatures file:current-dir() as xs:string
Summary Returns the current working directory. - This function returns the same result as the function call file:resolve-path("")

file:base-dir

Signatures file:base-dir() as xs:string?
Summary Returns the parent directory of the static base URI. If the Base URI property is undefined, the empty sequence is returned. - If a static base URI exists, and if points to a local file path, this function returns the same result as the expression file:parent(static-base-uri()).

Errors

Code Description
exists A file with the same path already exists.
invalid-path A specified path is invalid.
io-error The operation fails for some other reason specific to the operating system.
is-dir The specified path is a directory.
is-relative The specified path is relative (and must be absolute).
no-dir The specified path does not point to a directory.
not-found A specified path does not exist.
out-of-range The specified offset or length is negative, or the chosen values would exceed the file bounds.
unknown-encoding The specified encoding is not supported, or unknown.

Changelog

Version 9.0
Version 8.5
Version 8.2
Version 8.0
Version 7.8
Version 7.7
Version 7.3
Version 7.2.1
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