Synchronous shutil.copyfile()

Hugo Ferreira bytter at
Wed Jan 31 02:11:05 CET 2007

Well.. Thx for the answers.

The only way I had to make it work was to use a time.sleep(10) after the
shutil.copyfile(). Since this is a night-run script, I can waste 10 seconds,
but it still knocks me out "why" it happens...


Hugo Ferreira

On 30 Jan 2007 18:06:15 +0000 (GMT), Matthew Woodcraft <
mattheww at> wrote:
> Hugo Ferreira <bytter at> wrote:
> > I have a problem. I'm using calling shutil.copyfile() followed by
> > open(). The thing is that most of the times open() is called before
> > the actual file is copied. I don't have this problem when doing a
> > step-by-step debug, since I give enough time for the OS to copy the
> > file, but at run-time, it throws an exception.
> >
> > Is there anyway to force a sync copy of the file (make python wait for
> > the completion)?
> shutil.copyfile() closes both files before it returns, so I suspect
> this is an OS-level bug.
> The most likely culprits are buggy network filesystems and buggy
> on-access virus scanners.
> -M-
> --
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