reading/writing files in windows

sameer sameer_ at
Tue Jun 10 19:16:54 CEST 2003

why would it need to be in binary mode?  I create all files in 'a'
append mode.  All my code reads the file only in 'r' mode.  By
"jumbled" I you simply mean the lines are all joined together, as
though there were no linebreaks at all.

the code that generates the contents of the file

LINE_SEP = '\n'

def publish_formatted_error_report(retrieved_email_obj,
    published_object =
    published_object +=
    published_object +=
    published_object +=
    published_object +=
    published_object += 'Primus
Header:%s%s%s'%(retrieved_email_obj.primus_header, LINE_SEP, LINE_SEP)
    published_object +=
    for error in error_msg_list:
        published_object += "%s%s"%(error,LINE_SEP)
    published_object += '%s-----------ORIGINAL
    published_object += "%s%s"%(retrieved_email_obj.msg_body,LINE_SEP)
    published_object +=
    return published_object

The part that reads it back:

def _extract_published_retrieved_email_object(published_object, v=0):
    header = {}
    lines = string.split(published_object, LINE_SEP)
    lines = [string.replace(line, '\r','') for line in lines]
    lines = [string.replace(line, LINE_SEP,'') for line in lines]
    lines = filter(None, lines)
    if v:
        print "published object string"
        print lines
    # extract header
    if string.find(lines[0],'HEADER') == -1:
        raise "Illegal Header: %s"%lines[0]
    if string.find(lines[1],'Source:') == -1:
        raise "Illegal Header (Source Header Not Found): %s"%lines[1]
    msg_from = lines[1][string.find(lines[1],':')+1:]
    if string.find(lines[2],'Date:') == -1:
        raise "Illegal Header (Date Header Not Found): %s"%lines[2]
    msg_date = lines[2][string.find(lines[2],':')+1:]
    if string.find(lines[3],'Time:') == -1:
        raise "Illegal Header (Time Header Not Found): %s"%lines[3]
    msg_time = lines[3][string.find(lines[3],':')+1:]
    if string.find(lines[4],'Primus Header:') == -1:
        raise "Illegal Header (Primus Header Not Found): %s"%lines[4]
    msg_primus_header = lines[4][string.find(lines[4],':')+1:]
    if v:
        print "Extracted Message Headers..."
        print "From: ",msg_from, ' ', "Date: ", msg_date, ' ', "Time:
",msg_time, ' ', "Primus Header: ", primus_header
    msg_body = ''
    remaining_lines = lines[5:]
    body_found = 0
    for line in remaining_lines:
        if string.find(line,
'----------CORRECTED---------------------') != -1:
            body_found = 1
        if not line:
            body_found = 0
        if body_found:
            msg_body += string.upper(line) + LINE_SEP
    print "Msg Body"
    print msg_body
    #(msg_to, msg_from, msg_time, msg_subject, msg_body, msg_date)
    return Retrieved_Email('', msg_from, msg_time, '', msg_body,
msg_date, primus_header=msg_primus_header)

def extract_formatted_error_report(v=0):
        error_string = open(CORRECTED_ERRORS_FILE,'r').read()
    except IOError:
        error_string = ''
    message_list = string.split(error_string,
    if v:
        for i in message_list:
            print "raw message is >>> %s"%i
    single_msg_list = []
    new_msg_list = []
#    for i in message_list:
#        single_msg_list=string.split(i,LINE_SEP)
#        single_msg_list = filter(None, single_msg_list)
#        new_msg_list.append(string.join(single_msg_list,LINE_SEP))
#    new_msg_list = filter(None, new_msg_list)
#    if v:
#        print "[Status] new msg list:"
#        print new_msg_list
    for i in new_msg_list:
    return retrieved_email_list

Peter Hansen <peter at> wrote in message news:<3EE5D4AF.142ABB32 at>...
> sameer wrote:
> > 
> > Of course the OS implied is windows (2000 Professional to be exact).
> > Moving across a network means that I am dragging the file from my
> > computer to shared folder on another computer, both computers being in
> > the same domain.  This is just a plain text file.  Then I open the
> > file that I transferred using notepad, make some changes to it and
> > save and there are no linebreaks at all in the text.  all the lines
> > are jumbled together.
> > 
> > sameer_ at (sameer) wrote in message news:<6bd9f01b.0306090825.37845495 at>...
> > > I create files in windows using python.  I have tried using \n and
> > > \r\n as the return character and they both work fine.  It's when I
> > > move a text file, written by my python program, across a network, open
> > > the file and save to it that all the text becomes jumbled up, and all
> > > return characters are lost.  How can I make it so this doesn't happen?
> Sorry, you'll have to do better.  You still haven't posted any 
> example code showing how you "create files ... using python".
> Also, by "jumbled" do you simply mean the lines are all joined
> together, as though there were no linebreaks at all?  It's better
> to be precise when describing a problem that you hope others will
> help you debug.
> Do you have any program which will let you view the binary contents
> of the file after the transfer?
> Instead of "dragging" the file, can you use the copy command instead,
> both with the /A option and with the /B option?
> Are you perhaps having a problem with "binary mode" or not using
> binary mode when you create the file in the first place?  You said
> you tried both \n and \r\n but without example code, no one can 
> possibly know what you are really trying to do.
> -Peter

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