Checking if the file is a symlink fails

Miles semanticist at gmail.com
Fri Aug 29 07:06:12 CEST 2008


saswat wrote:
> On Aug 28, 3:11 pm, Christian Heimes wrote:
>> sas... at gmail.com wrote:
>> > File symLinkTest is a symbolic link.
>>
>> > Why S_ISLNK(mode) returns False and S_ISREG(mode) returns True ?
>>
>> Because you are using os.stat() instead of os.lstat().
>
> Do you mean the following is deprecated ?
> http://docs.python.org/lib/module-stat.html
>
> >From the documentation -
>
> S_ISLNK( mode)
>    Return non-zero if the mode is from a symbolic link.

No, it means that os.stat follows the symbolic link and gives stat
information for the file that the symbolic link points to, which is
*not* a symbolic link.  Like the documentation for lstat says: "Like
stat(), but do not follow symbolic links."  But why not just use
os.path.islink?

-Miles



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