how to get os.system () call to cooperate on Windows

Anthra Norell anthra.norell at
Mon Oct 26 21:34:57 CET 2009

Diez B. Roggisch wrote:
> Anthra Norell wrote:
>> I have a Python program that needs to copy files around. I could read
>> and write which would be inefficient and would time-stamp the copy. The
>> module "os" has lots of operating system functions, but none that copies
>> files I could make out reading the doc twice. The function "os.system
>> ('copy file_name directory_name')" turns out doesn't do anything except
>> flashing a DOS command window for half a second. So my question is: How
>> can one copy files on the OS level?
>>    This simple question would surely have been asked many times before.
>> Not to impose on anyone's patience I expect it can be answered between
>> two sips of coffee.
>> Thanks very much
> Did you take a look at the shutil-module?
> Diez
No, I didn't. There's a number of modules I know by name only and 
shutils was one of them. A quick peek confirmed that it is exactly what 
I am looking for. Thank you very much for the advice.


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