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File Copying..

templeavenue
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I am pretty new to Python. Can someone tell me/good tutorial how to make file copies in Python..
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Hi templeavenue,

you can use the following:

import shutil
shutil.copy2(source, destination)


shutil.copy will perform the copy using the current date and time, while copy2 will copy over also the date and time of the original file's last modification. You can read more about Shutil here: http://docs.python.org/lib/module-shutil.html

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Commented:
sorry... actually..what I wanted to do is read a drive (hard dirve, cd) without knowing the name/structures of the file/folders(if possible)... sorry for confusion... can i still use those functions??

Thanks,
Kelvin
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The os module may be your friend. Try this to list all the directories and files from the root. Have a look at the walk() function in the stadard Python documentation. You can process the retrieved information in the way you need and possibly to combine it with the above mentioned shutil module.

import os

top = '/'
for dirpath, dirnames, filenames in os.walk(top):
    print dirpath

    for d in dirnames:
        print '  D  ' +  os.path.join(dirpath, d)

    for f in filenames:
        print '  F  ' +  os.path.join(dirpath, f)

    print



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