How to tell if a file path is just the path or includes a file name

Bob Sneidar bobsneidar at
Wed Oct 10 11:38:38 EDT 2018

there is a folder returns false on Mac if it's a file. Unless the file is a bundle (app). A Mac app is in fact a folder that has been flagged as an application. 

Looking at your code, are you trying to extract the paths to all the files, or determine which are folders inside a given path? If you are just trying to determine if a path is just a folder, then there is a folder will return false if it is a path to a file. 

Bob S

> On Oct 10, 2018, at 08:29 , Paul Dupuis via use-livecode <use-livecode at> wrote:
> Lets say you have a bunch of file paths - some are just paths (all
> folders) and some end in a file name (and the file may or may not exist).
> i.e.
> /Folder1/Folder2/Folder3
> /Folder1/AnotherFolder/Somefile.txt
> /Folder1/Folder2/Folderwith.intheName
> How would you test to tell whether a given record is just a path of
> folders or contains a file name? Is there any way other than looping
> through the path and testing if each "folder" exists?
> All, I can come up with is:
> function isPath pSomePath
>   local tJustAPath = true
>   set itemDel to slash
>   repeat with i=1 to the number of items in pSomePath
>     if there is not a folder (item 1 to i of pSomePath) then
>       put false into tJustAPath
>       exit repeat
>     end if
>   end repeat
>   return tJustAPath
> end isPath
> Is there some OS of LiveCode trick I am missing?
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