The pathtype package

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This package provides type-safe access to filepath manipulations.

System.Path is designed to be used instead of System.FilePath. (It is intended to provide versions of functions from that module which have equivalent functionality but are more typesafe). System.Path.Directory is a companion module providing a type-safe alternative to System.Directory.

The heart of this module is the Path ar fd abstract type which represents file and directory paths. The idea is that there are two phantom type parameters - the first should be Abs or Rel, and the second File or Dir. A number of type synonyms are provided for common types:

 type AbsFile     = Path Abs File
 type RelFile     = Path Rel File
 type AbsDir      = Path Abs Dir
 type RelDir      = Path Rel Dir

 type AbsPath  fd = Path Abs fd
 type RelPath  fd = Path Rel fd
 type FilePath ar = Path ar File
 type DirPath  ar = Path ar Dir

The type of the combine (aka </>) function gives the idea:

 (</>) :: DirPath ar -> RelPath fd -> Path ar fd

Together this enables us to give more meaningful types to a lot of the functions, and (hopefully) catch a bunch more errors at compile time.

Overloaded string literals are supported, so with the OverloadedStrings extension enabled, you can:

 f :: FilePath ar
 f = "tmp" </> "someFile" <.> "ext"

If you don't want to use OverloadedStrings, you can use the construction fns:

 f :: FilePath ar
 f = asDirPath "tmp" </> asFilePath "someFile" <.> "ext"


 f :: FilePath ar
 f = asPath "tmp" </> asPath "someFile" <.> "ext"

or just...

 f :: FilePath ar
 f = asPath "tmp/someFile.ext"

One point to note is that whether one of these is interpreted as an absolute or a relative path depends on the type at which it is used:

 *System.Path> f :: AbsFile
 *System.Path> f :: RelFile

You will typically want to import as follows:

 import Prelude hiding (FilePath)
 import System.Path
 import System.Path.Directory
 import System.Path.IO

The basic API (and properties satisfied) are heavily influenced by Neil Mitchell's System.FilePath module.


Versions0.0.1, 0.0.2, 0.0.3, 0.5, 0.5.1, 0.5.2, 0.5.3, 0.5.4, 0.5.4,,,, 0.5.5, 0.6, 0.7,, 0.8
Change logNone available
Dependenciesbase (==4.*), directory (==1.*), old-time (>=1.0 && <2), QuickCheck (>= && <3), time (>=1.0 && <2) [details]
AuthorBen Moseley, Ben Millwood
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Source repositoryhead: git clone
UploadedWed Jul 30 13:06:21 UTC 2014 by BenMoseley




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