https://flyte.org logo
#ask-ai
Title
# ask-ai
m

Maciej Kopczyński

02/29/2024, 1:49 PM
@Glime is there a way to list a remote directory using flytekit?
g

Glime

02/29/2024, 1:49 PM
Yes, you can list a remote directory using Flytekit by leveraging the
FlyteDirectory
type, which is designed for handling directories in Flyte tasks and workflows. However, the direct listing functionality, akin to what you might expect with a traditional file system operation (e.g.,
ls
or
dir
), is not explicitly documented in the Flytekit API references or the user discussions provided in the context. To work with remote directories, you would typically use
FlyteDirectory
to represent the directory in your Flyte tasks. This type allows you to specify a remote directory path, and operations on
FlyteDirectory
objects can include downloading the directory for local processing within a task. While the direct "list" operation is not detailed, the usage of
FlyteDirectory
implies the ability to work with remote directories, including accessing their contents. For specific operations like listing, you might need to combine Flyte's capabilities with the storage system's SDK (e.g.,
boto3
for AWS S3,
google-cloud-storage
for GCS) within your task's code to list contents of a
FlyteDirectory
explicitly. This approach would involve fetching the directory as a
FlyteDirectory
object, then using the appropriate SDK to list its contents based on the directory's remote path. It's also worth noting that the community discussions and GitHub issues mention ongoing improvements and use cases related to
FlyteFile
and
FlyteDirectory
, indicating that enhancements to their usability, including potentially listing contents more straightforwardly, might be considered for future releases. For the most current capabilities and examples of using
FlyteDirectory
, refer to the official Flytekit documentation and consider reaching out on the Flyte community forums or GitHub for updates on new features or patterns for listing directory contents.