Compressing folders in Windows using Python.

Tim N. van der Leeuw tim.leeuwvander at nl.unisys.com
Sun Jan 1 19:33:59 CET 2006


Christian Tismer wrote:
> sri2097 wrote:
> > Hi,
> > I'm trying to zip a particular fiolder and place the zipped folder into
> > a target folder using python. I have used the following command in
> > 'ubuntu'.
> >
> >     zip_command = 'zip -qr %s %s' % (target, ' '.join(source))
> >
> > I execute this using os.command(zip_command). It works fine...
> >
> > But when I run this script in Windows XP, I get an error while
> > executing the above zip command. What command is there to zip files in
> > Windows? Or is there any other problem ?
>
> zip is not a built-in command for windows.
> You might use winzip or something else, there is
> a bunch of different compression tools available.
>
> ciao - chris
>

Something else to watch for -- Spaces in filenames. Uncommon on
unix/linux, but very common on windows. Put some double-quotes around
the filenames in your zip_command:

zip_command = 'zip -qr "%s" "%s"' % (target, ' '.join(source))


AFAIK there are built-in zip modules available in Python? They might be
a better alternative to calling an external zip command?

(Winzip btw, has a seperate download for a command-line capable version
of the compressor)

cheers,

--Tim


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