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const vscode = require('vscode');
const shelljs = require('shelljs');
// This extension is a hack to explore a possible VsCode way to search
// for a directory name.
// In IntelliJ you can search for a directory by ending the search string with '/'.
// In Vim, you can `:call fzf#run({'source': 'fd -t d', 'sink': 'NERDTreeFind'})`
// But VsCode doesn't seem to provide an API to open the current
// explorer on a given folder.
// Related issue:
function activate(context) {
let cwd = process.cwd();
let root = vscode.workspace.rootPath;
// create a picklist object
function picklist_item(path, dir) {
return {
'label': path,
'description': dir,
'detail': ''
// return a list of directories (picklist objects)
function dirLst() {;
// generate a list of non-hidden directories
let dlst = shelljs.find('.').filter((el) => {
return shelljs.test('-d', el) && el[0] != '.'
// map paths to picklist objects
dlst.forEach((path, idx) => {dlst[idx] = picklist_item(path)});
// we always put 'cwd' on top of the list
// this allows returning to the home directory
return [picklist_item('cwd', cwd)].concat(dlst);
// open the explorer window at a directory
// it changes the root-path of the explorer to `dir`
// `vscode.openFolder` is not exactly what I want
// but comes closest to the desired solution
function exploreOpen(dir) {
let path = dir.description || root + '/' + dir.label
let uri = vscode.Uri.parse('file:' + path);
vscode.commands.executeCommand('vscode.openFolder', uri, false);
// the extension command : starts a directory picklist
function cmd() {
let dlst = dirLst();
let opts = {
placeHolder: 'Enter directory name',
ignoreFocusOut: true,
matchOnDescription: true,
matchOnDetail: false
vscode.window.showQuickPick(dlst, opts).then((opt) => {exploreOpen(opt)});
let ext = vscode.commands.registerCommand("ext.fuzDir", cmd);
exports.activate = activate;
function deactivate() {}
exports.deactivate = deactivate;
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