Finding and copying files with python.

Steve Holden steve at
Tue Apr 3 16:07:44 CEST 2007

gtb wrote:
> On Apr 3, 8:31 am, kyoso... at wrote:
>> On Apr 3, 8:21 am, "gtb" <goodTweetieB... at> wrote:
>>> I wish to copy   the highest version number of a file from directory \
>>> \
>>> \fileserver\D:\scripts to C:\scripts where the file names are of the
>>> form
>>>, where MM, NN, and SS can be one to three
>>> digits.
>>> Example directory:
>>> temp.txt
>>> Does python have string matching routines  that would find the bottom
>>> listed zip file and/or file copying routines?
>>> A little pointer or two would be much appreciated.
>>> Thanks,
>>> jh
>> You could just use string slicing to cut off the first 7 characters
>> and have the numbers available to compare. There's also the os.stat
>> module to find the last modified date of the file. You might be able
>> to use the glob module to grab a list of the files and then sort the
>> list too.
>> Mike
> Thanks for posting folks. I didn't make my question clear. Before I
> sort the files I need to ensure that I am only sorting the files that
> match the profile of "", where MM, NN, and SS can
> be one to three
> digits.
> Thanks again,
> jh
OK, well look at the glob module to get a list of the filenames.

You are going to have to be careful doing the sort, however, because a 
simple string comparison won't work for numbers of differing lengths.

One way would be to define a function that extracts the numeric 
components from a filename and produces a three-element tuple or list. 
Then pass this function to sort() as the "key" argument.

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