Beginner's question about passing arrays as arguments to met

I am doing a little script that builds an array (called darray) of all
filenames in a directory tree. I am doing this by recursively calling
a method (called enter_dir) and passing the partially filled array
(called darray) down through the recursive calls.

The code works, but I am concerned about the efficiency of passing what
is potentially quite a large array around so many times. Should I be
concerned about this or not?

I also wrote the code using a global array ($darray) and this worked
too and didn’t need to array to be passed down through the recursions.

What are the pros and cons of these two approaches?

def enter_dir(this_dir, darray)
farray = []
this_dir.each {|fname|
farray << fname
}
farray.each {|fname|
file_path = this_dir.path + ‘/’ + fname
if File.stat(file_path).directory?
this_dir_sub = Dir.new(file_path)
if fname != ‘.’ && fname != ‘…’
enter_dir(this_dir_sub, darray)
end
else
darray << file_path
end
}
end

this_dir = Dir.new(’/home/tony/Ruby/dot_recycle’)
darray = []
enter_dir(this_dir, darray)
puts darray

On 13/11/06, [email protected] [email protected] wrote:

too and didn’t need to array to be passed down through the recursions.
file_path = this_dir.path + ‘/’ + fname

this_dir = Dir.new(’/home/tony/Ruby/dot_recycle’)
darray = []
enter_dir(this_dir, darray)
puts darray

You’re not actually passing the array around whenever you call
enter_dir, rather you’re passing a reference to the object, so the
performance penalties should not be noticable at all.

Farrel

Farrel L. <farrel.lifson gmail.com> writes:

You’re not actually passing the array around whenever you call
enter_dir, rather you’re passing a reference to the object, so the
performance penalties should not be noticable at all.

Farrel

Hopefully that makes sense, but if it doesn’t, imagine tying a long
piece of
string to a large rock and then giving the other end of the string to
someone to
hold

On 11/13/06, Gareth A. [email protected] wrote:

Hopefully that makes sense, but if it doesn’t, imagine tying a long piece of
string to a large rock and then giving the other end of the string to someone to
hold

Or there’s always the Binky Pointer video:
http://cslibrary.stanford.edu/104/

-Harold

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