File system


Instead of using strings for representing paths, Banshee uses the Path class. Aside from containing the path it provides a variety of other useful information and allows for path manipulation. It is recommended to always store paths using Path instead of strings.

Path myPath = "C:/Path/To/File.txt";

Some of the things you can do with a Path:

  • Retrieve the filename using Path::getFilename
  • Retrieve the filename extension using Path::getExtension
  • Get last element of path, either file or directory using Path::getTail
  • Iterate over directories, get drive, combine paths, convert relative to absolute paths and vice versa, and more. See the API reference for a complete list.

For example:

Path myPath = "C:/Path/To/File.txt";
String filename = myPath.getFilename(); // Returns filename, if the path has any
myPath.setExtension(".jpg"); // Path is now "C:/Path/To/File.jpg"
myPath.makeRelative("C:/Path"); // Path is now "To/File.jpg"
Path a("C:/Path/To/");
Path b("File.txt");
Path combined = a + b; // // Path is now "C:/Path/To/File.txt"

All Path methods that return strings come in two variants, one that returns a narrow (8-bit) character string like Path::getFilename, and one that contains wide character string like Path::getWFilename.

When setting paths be careful with setting backslashes or slashes at the end of the path. Path with a no backslash/slash on the end will be interpreted as a file path, and path with a backslash/slash will be interpreted as a folder path. For example:

  • "C:/MyFolder" - "MyFolder" interpreted as a file, Path::getFilename returns "MyFolder"
  • "C:/MyFolder/" - "MyFolder" interpreted as a folder, Path::getFilename returns an empty string

File system

File system operations like opening, creating, deleting, moving, copying files/folders are provided by the FileSystem class. Check the API reference for a complete list of operations.

An example creating a folder and a file:

SPtr<DataStream> fileStream = FileSystem::createAndOpenFile("C:/Path/To/File.txt");
// Write to data stream (see below)

Data streams

If you create or open a file you will receive a DataStream object. Data streams allow you to easily write to, or read from open files.

SPtr<DataStream> fileStream = FileSystem::createAndOpenFile("C:/Path/To/File.txt");
// Write some string data
fileStream->writeString("Writing to a file");
// Write some binary data
UINT8* myBuffer = bs_alloc(1024);
// ... fill up the buffer with some data ...
fileStream->write(myBuffer, 1024);

Once you are done with a stream make sure to close it by calling DataStream::close. Stream will also be automatically closed when it goes out of scope.

Streams don't need to be read or written to sequentially, use DataStream::seek to move within any position of the stream, and DataStream::tell to find out the current position.

// Open the file we wrote in the previous example
SPtr<DataStream> fileStream = FileSystem::openFile("C:/Path/To/File.txt");
// Seek past the string we wrote
String str = "Writing to a file";
// Read the byte data
UINT8* myBuffer = bs_alloc(1024);
fileStream->read(myBuffer, 1024);

Each time you read or write from the stream, the current read/write indices will advance. So subsequent calls to read/write will continue from the last position that was read/written.

Finally, use DataStream::size to find out the size of a stream in bytes.