how to get files in a directory

Michael Kent mrmakent at
Wed Sep 29 22:41:41 CEST 2004

Anand K Rayudu <ary at> wrote in message news:<mailman.4078.1096469771.5135.python-list at>...
> I am trying to find a way to get the files recursively in a given 
> directory,
> The following code is failing, can some one please suggest what could be 
> problem here

You don't really give enough information, but I'll make some
reasonable guesses. My guess is that you have a directory tree
"E:\myDir1\MyDir2", and that "MyDir2" contains files but no

> for root,dir,files in os.walk("E:\myDir1\MyDir2"):

Here you are iterating over a directory tree.  For each directory in
the tree, os.walk returns the path to the directory, a list of the
subdirectories in that directory, and a list of non-directory files in
that directory.

>    for i in dir:

Here you are examining each of the subdirectories of the current
directory.  You are ignoring any files in that directory.  So, for the
top-level directory you gave to os.walk, "E:\myDir1\MyDir2", you are
ignoring the actual files in that directory, and examining only its
subdirectories.  My guess is that there are no subdirectories, so you
get no results.

> Surprisingly if i give os.walk("E:\myDir1") the above code works, but 
> not if i have 2 levels of directories.

Unsurprisingly.  If there are any files in "myDir1", your code would
ignore them, and only find files in its subdirectory, "MyDir2".

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