os.removedirs not working

CptPicard jpmorichon at earthlink.net
Thu Aug 12 17:45:36 CEST 2004

You could use shutil.rmtree : it works fine!
But I tend to prefer the solution offered by Chistopher T King: It gives you
more control on what you are doing.

"Christopher T King" <squirrel at WPI.EDU> wrote in message
news:Pine.LNX.4.44.0408121127160.5408-100000 at ccc8.wpi.edu...
> On Thu, 12 Aug 2004, Golawala, Moiz M (GE Infrastructure) wrote:
> > I have a small program that where I am using
> > os.removedirs('C:\\someDir') on windows. I get the error that the
> > directory is not empty. Sure there are sub-directories under it and all
> > file and directories are deletable(nothing is locked by the system) and
> > there are no permission issues either. Can someone please tell me if I
> > am using the os.removedirs() correctly?
> os.removedirs() won't remove files for you.  As far as I can tell, there's
> no builtin Python function that does this, but the library docs for os
> give the following bit of code that does just what you want:
>  import os
>  from os.path import join
>  # Delete everything reachable from the directory named in 'top'.
>  # CAUTION:  This is dangerous!  For example, if top == '/', it
>  # could delete all your disk files.
>  for root, dirs, files in os.walk(top, topdown=False):
>      for name in files:
>          os.remove(join(root, name))
>      for name in dirs:
>          os.rmdir(join(root, name))
> My guess as to why this isn't a library function is precisely the reason
> stated in that comment: it's potentially dangerous!

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