Agnostic fetching

Diez B. Roggisch deets at
Mon Aug 4 17:55:51 CEST 2008

Ivan Ven Osdel wrote:

>>----- Original Message -----
>>From: "Diez B. Roggisch" <deets at>
>>To: python-list at
>>Sent: Saturday, August 2, 2008 11:05:07 AM GMT -06:00 US/Canada Central
>>Subject: Re: Agnostic fetching
>>Bruce Frederiksen schrieb:
>> On Fri, 01 Aug 2008 17:05:00 -0700, jorpheus wrote:
>>> OK, that sounds stupid. Anyway, I've been learning Python for some
>>> time now, and am currently having fun with the urllib and urllib2
>>> modules, but have run into a problem(?) - is there any way to fetch
>>> (urllib.retrieve) files from a server without knowing the filenames?
>>> For instance, there is smth like folder/spam.egg, folder/
>>> unpredictable.egg and so on. If not, perhaps some kind of glob to
>>> create a list of existing files? I'd really appreciate some help,
>>> since I'm really out of my (newb) depth here.
>> You might try the os.path module and/or the glob module in the standard
>> python library.
>>Not on remote locations. The only work on your local filesystem.
> Here's a function I wrote for checking remote or local file existence. It
> works for me but admittedly I haven't tested many cases with it. Also its
> currently specific to an http URI scheme.


The idea was to *not* know the filenames beforehand, but instead get a
directory-listing. Which is impossible to get.


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