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Is there a native|portable tool that can give me an unicode (or at least system local-compatible) list of all files and directories under a path recursively, without recursing into junction points or links, in Windows?

For example, the built-in dir command, as well as takeown and icacls run into an infinite loop with the Application Data directory (1).

EDIT I would like to be able to get a text file or at least easy clipboard transfer as output.

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I would like to avoid using a scripting language (eg. python's os.walk), because I'd prefer a solution more easily portable (eg. a smaller single-file tool) –  naxa Jan 5 '13 at 11:00
Oh, and the tool should handle paths with spaces. :) –  naxa Jan 5 '13 at 11:13
Note the text file doesn't have to be 'plain', it can be xml, csv, tsv, or anything text. –  naxa Jan 5 '13 at 11:16
I believe you could do this with robocopy, using the /L flag to prevent it from actually doing any copying. –  Harry Johnston Jan 7 '13 at 2:24
@HarryJohnston indeed, with robocopy /XJ /L /E <dir> <dummy-target>, the /XJ flag skips the junctions and the /L causes to list only! /E is for recursion. Problem: too verbose. But it can be made slightly better with a win32 build of gnu's grep: robocopy /XJ /L /E <dir> <dummy-target> | grep -i "new dir\|new file". Still needs "applying" the containing directory for each file. –  naxa Mar 22 '13 at 12:56

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This was somehow a hard question. Even StackOverflow has only fancy solutions.
But here is a simple one for listing all files recursively without junction folder loops.

Use PowerShell and test each file if it contains the attribute "ReparsePoint"

function Recurse($path) {

  $fc = new-object -com scripting.filesystemobject
  $folder = $fc.getfolder($path)

  foreach ($i in $folder.files) { $i | select Path }

  foreach ($i in $folder.subfolders) {
    $i | select Path        
    if ( (get-item $i.path).Attributes.ToString().Contains("ReparsePoint") -eq $false) {        

$scriptPath = split-path -parent $MyInvocation.MyCommand.Definition
$outputlist = Recurse($scriptPath) | Out-File -Filepath .\outputlist.txt 
  1. Paste the code into a text file and save it as PowerShell (.ps1) script
  2. Place the script inside your desired folder to list all files+folder recursively
  3. Execute the script with PowerShell. A new file called outputlist.txt at the same location will appear

Quick comparison between the Powershell script and a common batch command

powershell  - good, no indefinite loops

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batch "DIR /B /S" - bad, indefinite loops through junctions points

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To test it, I've just created a junction with sysinternals tool junction.exe in a folder to itself, and unfortunately for me Directory List & Print did get into recursion. –  naxa Jan 5 '13 at 12:37
@naxa A late response. But better late, then never. –  nixda Aug 18 '13 at 17:15
I love the fact that you sorted it out, and it just works! Thanks nixda! As my original problem was gone (and I don't tend to keep a powershell at home), it took me too some time but I've finally tested it and it works just like I wanted!! Also, I'm absolutely fond of better late than never myself. :) –  naxa Sep 26 '13 at 11:05
For powershell beginners like me, powershell -ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted -File <yourfilename-here.ps1> will execute the script (my file association was set to notepad :).) –  naxa Sep 26 '13 at 11:06
Well, actually, now that I think of it, I think my original problem was never finished... it got to a point but now it's actually on hold. Hey, thanks, now I can finish the project. :D –  naxa Sep 26 '13 at 11:15

Using powershell more succinctly:

$items = @(pwd);
while($items){ $newitems = $items | Get-ChildItem | Where-Object -Property Attributes -NotLike *ReparsePoint*; $newitems; $items = $newitems | Where-Object -Property Attributes -Like *Directory* }

To get this all into a text file, just surround the whole thing with parenthesis and pipe it into out-file.

( $items = @(pwd); while($items){ $newitems = $items | gci | where -Property Attributes -NotLike *ReparsePoint*; $newitems; $items = $newitems | where -Property Attributes -Like *Directory* } ) out-file myfile.txt
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From a CMD prompt:

dir /A:-L /S /B

EDIT: While this won't list the actual junction in the directory it resides, it will recurse down the junction.

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