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get the size of a folder

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Community Member, 7 Posts

7 June 2008 at 2:56pm

I have modify my folder.php in sapphire/filesystem/Folder
to be able to get the size of a folder directly with a folder object, I have ovverrides the function getAbsoluteSize of file

this is called reccursivily ion case of folder inside the folder..

//return the size in octet
public function getAbsoluteSize($path='')

$path = Director::baseFolder() . '/' . $this->getRelativePath();
$h = @opendir($path);

if($h==0)return 0;
$sf = 0;

while ($f = readdir($h))
if ( $f!= "..")
$nd = $path ."/". $f ;
if( $f!=".")
$sf += filesize( $nd );
if( $f!="." && is_dir($nd))
$nd = $path . $f ;
$sf+= $this->getAbsoluteSize( $nd );

return $sf ;

For information, you can do it also with a shell but this requires 751 CHmod on the folder (more access..less security)

$folder = "home/tea/mail/";

if($pass === "eggnut") {
$job = shell_exec("du -s -k $folder"); //summary
echo "<b>SIZE in KB:</b> $job";

I do not like to change my core, for the further versionning.
But I do not need another class folder, and actually $Myfolder->getAbsoluteSize() exist and does not give the good result.

If a guy of the core dev read this post do you think,; it culd be a good think to integreta this to the further versions.

Your framework is awesome guys !

10 of people , developers & others



Forum Moderator, 922 Posts

7 June 2008 at 4:49pm

Edited: 07/06/2008 4:53pm

Hi there,

Thanks for the kind words of using SilverStripe, I hope development has been smooth for you and your team.

Thanks also for showing the function you have created for Folder.php. The typical work flow for a community member wishing to contribute code to the main branch is to submit a patch, using our open source tracker.

You can do that by visiting, creating an account (if you haven't already), and hitting the "New ticket" button. You'll also want to select "Patch" from the Type dropdown, so we can recognise your ticket as a patch. From then, you'll probably see some comments in the ticket from a core developer if there are any questions about your code, or more information required.