>> Also, the purpose of this program is to read through a tree directory
>> structure and turn the directory names into database entries.  Any
>> suggestions on how to make a complete spider that utilizes Ruby's
>> specialties?

If you are on  a *ix box you can create your dir/file database getting 
the friendly output of 'du -a /mypath > somefile'   ...size are also 
included.

-r.

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