problems with opening files due to file's path

Carsten Haese carsten.haese at
Wed Jun 11 04:38:30 CEST 2008

Alexnb wrote:
> Okay, I don't understand how it is too vague, but here:
 > [snip a bunch of irrelevant examples...]
> Did I clarify?

No. Earlier you wrote:

>> On 2008-06-11, Alexnb <alexnbryan at> wrote:
>>> I am using GUI, Tkinter to be exact. But regardless of how the
>>> path gets there, it needs to opened correctly.

This implies that the file doesn't get opened correctly if the file name 
is entered/chosen in the GUI. Yet, the examples you posted don't contain 
any GUI code whatsoever. They merely demonstrate that you don't have a 
firm grasp on how backslashes in string literals are treated.

So, this begs the question, do you actually have any GUI code that is 
failing, or are you just worried, given the problems you had with string 
literals, that the GUI code you have yet to write will fail in the same way?

If this is the case, you should just write the GUI code and try it. It 
might just work. Backslashes entered into a GUI text box are not treated 
the same as backslashes in a Python string literal.

If, on the other hand, you do have some GUI code for getting the file 
name from the user, and that code is failing, then please, show us THAT 
CODE and show us how it's failing.

Carsten Haese

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