Martin Thoma Martin Thoma - 3 months ago 18
Python Question

How is Pythons glob.glob ordered?

I have written the following Python code:

#!/usr/bin/python
# -*- coding: utf-8 -*-

import os, glob

path = '/home/my/path'
for infile in glob.glob( os.path.join(path, '*.png') ):
print infile


Now I get this:

/home/my/path/output0352.png
/home/my/path/output0005.png
/home/my/path/output0137.png
/home/my/path/output0202.png
/home/my/path/output0023.png
/home/my/path/output0048.png
/home/my/path/output0069.png
/home/my/path/output0246.png
/home/my/path/output0071.png
/home/my/path/output0402.png
/home/my/path/output0230.png
/home/my/path/output0182.png
/home/my/path/output0121.png
/home/my/path/output0104.png
/home/my/path/output0219.png
/home/my/path/output0226.png
/home/my/path/output0215.png
/home/my/path/output0266.png
/home/my/path/output0347.png
/home/my/path/output0295.png
/home/my/path/output0131.png
/home/my/path/output0208.png
/home/my/path/output0194.png


In which way is it ordered?

It might help you to get my ls -l output:

-rw-r--r-- 1 moose moose 627669 2011-07-17 17:26 output0005.png
-rw-r--r-- 1 moose moose 596417 2011-07-17 17:26 output0023.png
-rw-r--r-- 1 moose moose 543639 2011-07-17 17:26 output0048.png
-rw-r--r-- 1 moose moose 535384 2011-07-17 17:27 output0069.png
-rw-r--r-- 1 moose moose 543216 2011-07-17 17:27 output0071.png
-rw-r--r-- 1 moose moose 561776 2011-07-17 17:27 output0104.png
-rw-r--r-- 1 moose moose 501865 2011-07-17 17:27 output0121.png
-rw-r--r-- 1 moose moose 547144 2011-07-17 17:27 output0131.png
-rw-r--r-- 1 moose moose 530596 2011-07-17 17:27 output0137.png
-rw-r--r-- 1 moose moose 532567 2011-07-17 17:27 output0182.png
-rw-r--r-- 1 moose moose 553562 2011-07-17 17:27 output0194.png
-rw-r--r-- 1 moose moose 574065 2011-07-17 17:27 output0202.png
-rw-r--r-- 1 moose moose 552197 2011-07-17 17:27 output0208.png
-rw-r--r-- 1 moose moose 559809 2011-07-17 17:27 output0215.png
-rw-r--r-- 1 moose moose 549046 2011-07-17 17:27 output0219.png
-rw-r--r-- 1 moose moose 566661 2011-07-17 17:27 output0226.png
-rw-r--r-- 1 moose moose 561678 2011-07-17 17:27 output0246.png
-rw-r--r-- 1 moose moose 525550 2011-07-17 17:27 output0266.png
-rw-r--r-- 1 moose moose 565715 2011-07-17 17:27 output0295.png
-rw-r--r-- 1 moose moose 568381 2011-07-17 17:28 output0347.png
-rw-r--r-- 1 moose moose 532768 2011-07-17 17:28 output0352.png
-rw-r--r-- 1 moose moose 535818 2011-07-17 17:28 output0402.png


It is not ordered by filename or size.

Other links:
glob
,
ls

Answer

It is probably not sorted at all and uses the order at which entries appear in the filesystem, i.e. the one you get when using ls -U. (At least on my machine this produces the same order as listing glob matches).

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