Crate same_file [] [src]

This crate provides a safe and simple cross platform way to determine whether two file paths refer to the same file or directory.

Most uses of this crate should be limited to the top-level is_same_file function, which takes two file paths and returns true if they refer to the same file or directory:

use same_file::is_same_file;

assert!(try!(is_same_file("/bin/sh", "/usr/bin/sh")));

Additionally, this crate provides a Handle type that permits a more efficient equality check depending on your access pattern. For example, if one wanted to checked whether any path in a list of paths corresponded to the process' stdout handle, then one could build a handle once for stdout. The equality check for each file in the list then only requires one stat call instead of two. The code might look like this:

use same_file::Handle;

let candidates = &[
let stdout_handle = try!(Handle::stdout());
for candidate in candidates {
    let handle = try!(Handle::from_path(candidate));
    if stdout_handle == handle {
        println!("{:?} is stdout!", candidate);
    } else {
        println!("{:?} is NOT stdout!", candidate);

See examples/ for a runnable example. Compare the output of cargo run is_stderr 2> examples/stderr and cargo run is_stderr.



A handle to a file that can be tested for equality with other handles.



Returns true if the two file paths may correspond to the same file.