Removing .DS_Store files from mac folders

Ben Cartwright bencvt at
Thu Mar 2 06:12:06 CET 2006

David Pratt wrote:
> OSError: [Errno 2] No such file or directory: '.DS_Store'

Ah.  You didn't mention a traceback earlier, so I assumed the code was
executing but you didn't see the file being removed.

> >>		for f in file_names:
> >>			current_file = os.path.basename(f)
> >>			print 'Current File: %s' % current_file
> >>
> >>			# Clean mac .DS_Store
> >>			if current_file == '.DS_Store':
> >>				print 'a DS_Store item encountered'
> >>				os.remove(f)

How are you creating file_names?  More importantly, does it contain a
path (either absolute or relative to the current working directory)?
If not, you need an os.path.join, e.g.:

    import os
    for root_path, dir_names, file_names in os.walk('.'):
        # file_names as generated by os.walk contains file
        # names only (no path)
        for f in file_names:
            if f == '.DS_Store':
                full_path = os.path.join(root_path, f)


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