simple problem with os.rename() parameters - path with spaces

Tom tmm at
Thu Sep 8 18:10:02 CEST 2005

I'm having a problem using a path with spaces as a parameter to 
os.rename() in a program on WinXP.

This works fine at the command line (where the folder "c:\aa bb" exists)

 > os.rename( "c\aa bb", "c:\cc dd" );

But, I can't get it to work in my program, eg.

print SrcDir
print NewDir
os.rename( SrcDir, NewDir );

when I run this I get something like this:

"e:\\music\\Joni Mitchell\\ogg-8"
"e:\\music.ogg\\Joni Mitchell\\ogg-8"

Traceback (most recent call last):
   File "E:\Music\", line 64, in ?
   File "E:\Music\", line 49, in Visit
     os.mkdir( NewDir );
OSError: [Errno 22] Invalid argument: '"e:\\music.ogg\\Joni 

I've tried different combinations of single backslash vs. double 
backslash, and quoted vs. non-quoted, but it always fails.

The problem is not specific to os.rename.  If I instead use mkdir( 
SrcDir ) I get the same problem.


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