[Python-Dev] Re: Coernic Desktop Search versus shutil.rmtree

Josiah Carlson jcarlson at uci.edu
Thu Sep 2 18:59:19 CEST 2004

> so a possible robustification would be to add
> def _rmdir(path):
>     try:
>         os.rmdir(path):
>     except IOError, v:
>         if sys.platform == "win32" and (directory not empty):
>             time.sleep(0.1)
>             os.rmdir(path)
>         else:
>             raise
> and use _rmdir instead of os.rmdir in _build_cmdtuple...

Only for this test.

In the general case, there could be other reasons why that deletion
failed.  One that I run into relatively often is...

Shell 1:
curpath: <drive>:\arbitrary\path\name

Shell 2:
curpath: <drive>:\arbitrary\path
command: python -c 'import os;os.remove("name")'

In this case, the OSError is the correct thing, and shouldn't be hidden
with a 'sleep'.

 - Josiah

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