On Tue, Sep 30, 2014 at 4:34 PM, David Hoover <hoove...@helix.nih.gov> wrote:
> Why isn't there a datatype for a directory of files?  This seems like
> such a simple thing.  If an executable generates or expects a
> directory as its input or output, why must a fancy complicated
> composite datatype be created to handle this?
>
> David Hoover

A directory of files is too broad to be of use in itself - in the same
way that defining tools to take or produce a generic "data" file
is unhelpful.

If you had a directory of files all the same format, then try to
use the Galaxy collections feature (e.g. a collection of FASTA
files).

If the directory has some structure then the composite
datatype is probably most suitable, e.g. an HTML file with
a collection of image files; or a BLAST database made up
of several binary files.

Peter
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