Stellarium  0.17.0
Public Types | Static Public Member Functions
StelFileMgr Class Reference

Provides utilities for locating and handling files. More...

#include <StelFileMgr.hpp>

Public Types

enum  Flags {
  RemovableMedia = 0x00000001, Writable = 0x00000002, Directory = 0x00000004, File = 0x00000008,
  New = 0x00000010
 used as named bitfield flags as specifiers to filter results of StelFileMgr methods. More...

Static Public Member Functions

static void init ()
 Initialize the directories. More...
static QString findFile (const QString &path, Flags flags=(Flags) 0)
 Search for a path within the search paths, for example "textures/fog.png". More...
static QStringList findFileInAllPaths (const QString &path, const Flags &flags=(Flags) 0)
 List all paths within the search paths that match the argument. More...
static QSet< QString > listContents (const QString &path, const Flags &flags=(Flags) 0, bool recursive=false)
 Set a set of all possible files/directories in any Stellarium search directory. More...
static const QStringList & getSearchPaths (void)
 Get a vector of strings which describes the current search paths. More...
static void setSearchPaths (const QStringList &paths)
 Set the search paths. More...
static void makeSureDirExistsAndIsWritable (const QString &dirFullPath)
 Make sure the passed directory path exist and is writable. More...
static bool exists (const QString &path)
 Check if a path exists. More...
static bool isAbsolute (const QString &path)
 Check if a path is absolute. More...
static bool isReadable (const QString &path)
 Check if a path is readable. More...
static bool isWritable (const QString &path)
 Check if a path is writable For files, true is returned if the file exists and is writable or if the file doesn't exist, but its parent directory does, if the file can be created. More...
static bool isDirectory (const QString &path)
 Check if a path exists and is a directory. More...
static qint64 size (const QString &path)
 Return the size of the file at the path. More...
static bool mkDir (const QString &path)
 Make a directory. More...
static QString dirName (const QString &path)
 Convenience function to find the parent directory of a given path May return relative paths if the parameter is a relative path. More...
static QString baseName (const QString &path)
 Convenience function to find the basename of a given path May return relative paths if the parameter is a relative path. More...
static QString getDesktopDir ()
 Get the user's Desktop directory. More...
static QString getUserDir ()
 Returns the path to the user directory. More...
static QString getInstallationDir ()
 Returns the path to the installation directory. More...
static QString getCacheDir ()
 Returns the path to the cache directory. Note that subdirectories may need to be created for specific caches.
static void setUserDir (const QString &newDir)
 Sets the user directory. More...
static QString getScreenshotDir ()
 This is the directory into which screenshots will be saved. More...
static void setScreenshotDir (const QString &newDir)
 Sets the screenshot directory. More...
static QString getLocaleDir ()
 get the directory for locate files (i18n) More...

Detailed Description

StelFileMgr provides functions for locating files. It maintains a list of directories in which to look for files called the search path. Typcially this includes the Stellarium installation directory, and a per-user settings directory (on platforms which support it). The concept is that the StelFileMgr will be asked for a named path, and it will try to locate that path within each of the search directories.

Lippo Huhtala
Matthew Gates
See also
File and Directory Structure description.

Member Enumeration Documentation


Search on removable media if present (default is not to).


Only return writable paths.

For directories this means that it is possible to create files within the directory.


Exclude non-directories.


Exclude non-files.


Exclude existing paths.

Member Function Documentation

static QString StelFileMgr::baseName ( const QString &  path)
paththe path whose parent directory is to be returned
static QString StelFileMgr::dirName ( const QString &  path)
paththe path whose parent directory is to be returned
static bool StelFileMgr::exists ( const QString &  path)

Note it might be a file or a directory.

pathto check
static QString StelFileMgr::findFile ( const QString &  path,
Flags  flags = (Flags) 0 

findFile looks through the search paths in order, returning the first instance of the specified path. By specifying a flags parameter it is possible to constrain the results to those matching various criteria. If the path argument is a complete path (is a full path on single root OSes, or unambigiously identifies one and only one file on multi-root OSes), it will be tested for compliance with other conditions - the regular search path will not be tested. If you wish to search for a non-existing file which is not in the search path you should explicitly prefix it with "./", or otherwise have a . at the start of the path parameter, e.g. path="./my_config_file_in_the_pwd.ini"

paththe name of the file to search for, for example "textures/fog.png".
flagsoptions which constrain the result.
returns a full path of the file if found, else return an empty path.
static QStringList StelFileMgr::findFileInAllPaths ( const QString &  path,
const Flags flags = (Flags) 0 

Similar to findFile(), but unlike it this function doesn't stop at the first instance. Instead, it returns a list of paths to all instances. The list is ordered, starting with the most external path (the first one in fileLocations).

static QString StelFileMgr::getDesktopDir ( )

This is a portable way to retrieve the directory for the user's desktop. On Linux and OSX this is $HOME/Desktop. For Windows, we rely on Qt.

the path to the user's desktop directory or empty string if it can't be found.
static QString StelFileMgr::getInstallationDir ( )

This is the directory where we expect to find scripts, nebulae, stars, skycultures etc, and will be added at the end of the search path

the full path to the installation data directory
static QString StelFileMgr::getLocaleDir ( )
the path to the locale directory or "" if the locale directory could not be found.
static QString StelFileMgr::getScreenshotDir ( )

It is $HOME on Linux, BSD, Solaris etc. It is the user's Desktop on MacOS X (??? - someone please verify this) It is ??? on Windows

the path to the directory where screenshots are saved
static const QStringList& StelFileMgr::getSearchPaths ( void  )
returns a vector of strings representing the current search paths.
static QString StelFileMgr::getUserDir ( )

This is the directory where we expect to find the [default] writable configuration file, user versions of scripts, nebulae, stars, skycultures etc. It will be the first directory in the path which is used when trying to find most data files

the path to the user private data directory
static void StelFileMgr::init ( )

By default, StelFileMgr will be created with the Stellarium installation directory config_root in the search path. On systems which provide a per-user data/settings directory (which we call the user_settings directory, this is also included in the search path, before the <config_root> directory.

static bool StelFileMgr::isAbsolute ( const QString &  path)
pathto check
static bool StelFileMgr::isDirectory ( const QString &  path)
pathto check
static bool StelFileMgr::isReadable ( const QString &  path)
true if file at path is readable, false if not or if the file does not exist
static bool StelFileMgr::isWritable ( const QString &  path)

In the case of directories, return true if the directory can have files created in it.

pathto check
static QSet<QString> StelFileMgr::listContents ( const QString &  path,
const Flags flags = (Flags) 0,
bool  recursive = false 
paththe path to search inside, e.g. "landscapes"
flagsoptions which constrain the result
recursiveif true, all sub-directories are walked recursively
returns a QSet of file and/or directory names, which are available in any of the search paths + path. Returns empty set if none were found or the path is invalid (not a directory / not existing).
static void StelFileMgr::makeSureDirExistsAndIsWritable ( const QString &  dirFullPath)

If it doesn't exist creates it. If it's not possible throws an error.

static bool StelFileMgr::mkDir ( const QString &  path)
paththe path of the directory to create.
true if success, else false
static void StelFileMgr::setScreenshotDir ( const QString &  newDir)

This is set to platform-specific values in the StelFileMgr constructor, but it is settable using this function to make it possible to implement the command-line option which specifies where screenshots go.

newDirthe new value of the screenshot directory
static void StelFileMgr::setSearchPaths ( const QStringList &  paths)
pathsis a vector of strings which will become the new search paths
static void StelFileMgr::setUserDir ( const QString &  newDir)

This updates the search paths (first element)

newDirthe new value of the user directory
NOT_VALIDif the specified user directory is not usable
static qint64 StelFileMgr::size ( const QString &  path)
pathto file