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Search for all po files in a directory and its subdirectories and create a Hashmap containing the filepaths as value and its directory as key

I want to search for all .po files in a directory and add them to a HashMap.

My directories looks like the following:

dir1<any number of subdirs>*_en_*.po
dir2<any number of subdirs>*_en_*.po
.                            *_es_*.po
.                            ...
dirn<any number of subdirs>...

How can I represent/search these files with the help of java-Streams and HashMap<String, List<File>>, with en/de/it.po as a List<File> type and the respective directory root of these files dir1subdir-1**subdir-n as a key?

I’ve tried the following solution from a similar post: but I wasn’t able to manipulate the filter/groupings correctly in order to solve my problem.
I’ve also tried to use listFiles() + isDirectory() recursively in order to achieve the desired result, with no success.



This is pretty simple using Files.find() to walk a directory tree looking for matching files, and Collectors.groupingBy() to convert that stream into the desired map.

import java.nio.file.Files;
import java.nio.file.Path;
import java.util.List;
import java.util.Map;

public class Demo {
    public static void main(String[] args) {
        for (String dir : args) {
            try (var files = Files.find(Path.of(dir), 256,
                                        (p, attr) -> p.getFileName().toString().endsWith(".po"))) {
                Map<String, List<Path>> po_files =
                    files.collect(Collectors.groupingBy(p -> p.getParent().toString()));
            } catch (IOException e) {

This will give you a map where the keys are paths to directories, and the values are lists of paths to all the .po files in those directories.