[ python-Bugs-1060212 ] os.utime does not work on directories under Windows

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Bugs item #1060212, was opened at 2004-11-04 08:46
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>Category: Documentation
Group: Python 2.3
>Status: Closed
>Resolution: Fixed
Priority: 5
Submitted By: Boyle (boyleboyle)
>Assigned to: Tim Peters (tim_one)
Summary: os.utime does not work on directories under Windows

Initial Comment:
On windows 2000, os.utime does not work on a directory,
but gives a permission denied error.

OSError: [Errno 13] Permission denied: '<PATH>'



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>Comment By: Tim Peters (tim_one)
Date: 2004-11-04 16:36

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I checked in changes to the utime() docs, for Python 2.4, 
being explicit about the case of paths that name directories.  
Changed the Category of this report to Documentation, and 
am closing it now.  If you want utime() to work on directories 
under Windows, you'll have to convince Microsoft to 
implement that in their C library's _utime() function.

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Comment By: Tim Peters (tim_one)
Date: 2004-11-04 16:05

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The Python docs say utime() sets times on files.  On 
Windows, directories aren't files; on Unix, directories are 
files.  You'll get the same error on Windows if you pass a 
directory path to Microsoft's _utime() function from C code.

See the MS docs for details, esp. the docs for the EACCES 
error:

http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/en-us/ 
vclib/html/_crt__utime.2c_._wutime.asp

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Comment By: EDavis (endavis)
Date: 2004-11-04 11:13

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Another note to add:

This is only with unicode file names.

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Comment By: EDavis (endavis)
Date: 2004-11-04 11:07

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I also get the Permission Denied on Windows XP for directories.

Windows XP SP2
Python 2.3.4
pywin32 build 202 
NTFS file system

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