Newbie: urllib.urlretrieve()

David Fisher python at
Thu Apr 6 21:10:04 CEST 2000

Check out the websucker module in the tools/webchecker directory of the
source.  It mirrors a remote url locally.  If it doesn't do what you want,
it should at least point you in the right direction.

Good luck,

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> I'm trying to clone some Intranet pages for a contract
> assignment and thought Python would be a good tool because of
> it's urllib module.  However, when trying to use
> urllib.urlretrieve(), I have found that if you specify the
> second argument, the file for writing to has to already exist.
> What I want to do instead is create the name of the file on the
> fly, based on the name of the URL I'm retrieving.  I guess what
> I need to do is to create an empty file ahead of time?!  But how
> would I go about doing this under Windows? (Unix I could handle)
> Thanks in advance
> George
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