Wednesday, April 12, 2006


Can a non-existent file have a parent?

I was suddenly unsure about this, so I ran a quick test:
//DESCRIPTION: Can a non-existent file have a parent?

defFile = File(getScriptPath().parent.fsName + "/test.txt");
parFile = defFile.parent;

function getScriptPath() {
  // This function returns the path to the active script, even when running ESTK
  try {
    return app.activeScript;
  } catch(e) {
    return File(e.fileName);
And the answer is yes!

The explanation is fairly simple. Whether or not the file exists, the file object does exist. And, in order to exist, it must have a parent, the folder in which the corresponding file will be created should the script go the next step and create the file.

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