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os.path.walk -- Can You Limit Directories Returned?

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Greetings all.

I did some searching on this but I can't seem to find a specific
solution. I have code like this:

=========================================
def walker1(arg, dirname, names):
DC_List.append((dirname,''))

os.path.walk('\\\\vcdcflx006\\Flex\\Sites', walker1, 0)
=========================================

The Sites\ directory is set up like this:

Sites\
Baltimore
Birmingham
....

And so forth. Each of the city directories has directories under it as
well. The problem is that my code grabs every single directory that is
under the various city directories when what I really want it to do is
just grab the directories that are under Sites\ and that's it. I don't
want it to recurse down into the sub-directories of the cities.

Is there a way to do this? Or is os.path.walk not by best choice here?

Any help and/or advice would be appreciated.

- Jeff
Jun 27 '08 #1
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Jeff Nyman schrieb:
Greetings all.

I did some searching on this but I can't seem to find a specific
solution. I have code like this:

=========================================
def walker1(arg, dirname, names):
DC_List.append((dirname,''))

os.path.walk('\\\\vcdcflx006\\Flex\\Sites', walker1, 0)
=========================================

The Sites\ directory is set up like this:

Sites\
Baltimore
Birmingham
....

And so forth. Each of the city directories has directories under it as
well. The problem is that my code grabs every single directory that is
under the various city directories when what I really want it to do is
just grab the directories that are under Sites\ and that's it. I don't
want it to recurse down into the sub-directories of the cities.

Is there a way to do this? Or is os.path.walk not by best choice here?

Any help and/or advice would be appreciated.
look into the modules glob and os.

Diez
Jun 27 '08 #2

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Jeff Nyman wrote:
Greetings all.

I did some searching on this but I can't seem to find a specific
solution. I have code like this:

=========================================
def walker1(arg, dirname, names):
DC_List.append((dirname,''))

os.path.walk('\\\\vcdcflx006\\Flex\\Sites', walker1, 0)
=========================================

The Sites\ directory is set up like this:

Sites\
Baltimore
Birmingham
....

And so forth. Each of the city directories has directories under it as
well. The problem is that my code grabs every single directory that is
under the various city directories when what I really want it to do is
just grab the directories that are under Sites\ and that's it. I don't
want it to recurse down into the sub-directories of the cities.

Is there a way to do this? Or is os.path.walk not by best choice here?
Yes. But first, use the more modern iterator os.walk instead of the
older function calling os.path.walk. Then in either case (or at least
for the os.walk -- I'm a little rusty on the older os.path.walk) you can
modify in-place the subdirectory listing that was passed to you, thereby
controlling which subdirectories the walk follows.

Here's some examples:

for path, dirs, files in os.walk(root):
if 'etc' in dirs:
dirs.remove('etc') # Skip any directory named 'etc'
if path == 'whatever':
del dirs[:] # Clearing dirs means recurse into NO
subdirectory of path
... process the files of directory path...
Gary Herron
Any help and/or advice would be appreciated.

- Jeff
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Jun 27 '08 #3

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On Jun 5, 4:54 pm, Jeff Nyman <jeffny...@gmail.comwrote:
The problem is that my code grabs every single directory that is
under the various city directories when what I really want it to do is
just grab the directories that are under Sites\ and that's it. I don't
want it to recurse down into the sub-directories of the cities.

Is there a way to do this? Or is os.path.walk not by best choice here?
No, os.path.walk will always recurse through all of the sub, that's
its purpose. os.walk produces a generator, which you can then manually
step through if you wish:

_, DC_List, _ = os.walk('\\\\vcdcflx006\\Flex\\Sites\\*\\').next()

But I'd recommend checking out the glob module:

from glob import glob
DC_List = glob('\\\\vcdcflx006\\Flex\\Sites\\*\\')
Jun 27 '08 #4

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Thank you to everyone for your help.

Much appreciated. I now have a better understanding of how glob can be
used and I have a much better understanding of using the more
effective os.walk.
- Jeff
Jun 27 '08 #5

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