[New-bugs-announce] [issue39140] shutil.move does not work properly with pathlib.Path objects

Luca Paganin report at bugs.python.org
Thu Dec 26 18:39:08 EST 2019

New submission from Luca Paganin <lucap265 at gmail.com>:

Suppose you have two pathlib objects representing source and destination of a move:


If you try to do the following

shutil.move(src, dst)

Then an AttributeError will be raised, saying that PosixPath objects do not have an rstrip attribute. The error is the following:

Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "mover.py", line 10, in <module>
    shutil.move(src, dst)
  File "/Users/lucapaganin/opt/anaconda3/lib/python3.7/shutil.py", line 562, in move
    real_dst = os.path.join(dst, _basename(src))
  File "/Users/lucapaganin/opt/anaconda3/lib/python3.7/shutil.py", line 526, in _basename
    return os.path.basename(path.rstrip(sep))
AttributeError: 'PosixPath' object has no attribute 'rstrip'

Looking into shutil code, line 526, I see that the problem happens when you try to strip the trailing slash using rstrip, which is a method for strings, while PosixPath objects do not have it. Moreover, pathlib.Path objects already manage for trailing slashes, correctly getting basenames even when these are present.
The following two workarounds work:

1) Explicit cast both src and dst as string using

shutil.move(str(src), str(dst))

This work for both the cases in which dst contains the destination filename or not.

2) Add the filename to the end of the PosixPath dst object:


Then do 

shutil.move(src, dst)

Surely one could use the method pathlib.Path.replace for PosixPath objects, which does the job without problems, even if it requires for dst to contain the destination filename at the end, and lacks generality, since it bugs when one tries to move files between different filesystems. 
I think that you should account for the possibility for shutil.move to manage pathlib.Path objects even if one does not provide the destination filename, since the source of the bug is due to a safety measure which is not necessary for pathlib.Path objects, i.e. the managing of the trailing slash.
Do you think that is possible? Thank you in advance.

Luca Paganin

P.S.: I attach a tarball with the dirtree I used for the demonstration.

files: mover.tgz
messages: 358891
nosy: Luca Paganin
priority: normal
severity: normal
status: open
title: shutil.move does not work properly with pathlib.Path objects
type: behavior
versions: Python 3.7
Added file: https://bugs.python.org/file48803/mover.tgz

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