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File/Directory hacks - is there a better way to do this?

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I had a software package screw up a directory tree by placing all the
files in a directory of the same name. So I wound up with:

file1.txt (dir)
file1.txt (file)

file2.txt (dir)
file2.txt (file)

Annoying. So I wrote the following script, which fixed the problem by
renaming and copying the file up to the root directory, removing the
intermediate directory, and finally restoring the orginal file name.

Is there a better (faster, or fewer lines of code, or more
'python-esque') way to do? In particular, I know the latest versions
of python includes iterators, generators, and decorators...but I
haven't had a chance to really read about them, or understand how to
use them properly. So I'd love to hear if the new tools could've
solved this simpler/faster.



#!/user/bin/env python

import os, os.path, shutil

top = 'c:\$user'

class fixdirectories:
def __init__(self, top): = top

def walk(self):
for root, dirs, files in os.walk(, topdown=False):
rootdir, roottail = os.path.split(root)
for name in files:
if name.lower() == roottail:

oldname = os.path.join(root, name)
tmpname = os.path.join(rootdir, "PRE-" + name)
newname = os.path.join(rootdir, name)

shutil.move(oldname, tmpname)
print "removing: " + rootdir
shutil.move(tmpname, newname)
print "Could not remove: " + root

if __name__ == "__main__":
f = fixdirectories(top)

Jul 18 '05 #1
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