best way to check if a file exists?

Ben Finney bignose+hates-spam at
Wed Nov 1 15:44:25 CET 2006

"wittempj at" <martin.witte at> writes:

> Ben Finney wrote:
> > "wittempj at" <martin.witte at> writes:
> > > You could try to read the file, if that fails it doesn't exist:
> >
> > Except that there are other conditions than "File doesn't exist"
> > that can cause an 'open' to fail.
> Ok, true. You can test explicit on non existence as follows, and then
> decide to open the file

Or you can simply use 'os.path.exists', as has been suggested several
times in this thread.

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