Merge two directories together

Steven Howe howe.steven at gmail.com
Fri Apr 16 19:43:47 CEST 2010


Think about using the subprocess module. There are calls made just for
your. Notably (using command pydoc subprrocess.call) :
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subprocess.call = call(*popenargs, **kwargs)
     Run command with arguments.  Wait for command to complete, then
     return the returncode attribute.

     The arguments are the same as for the Popen constructor.  Example:

     retcode = call(["ls", "-l"])
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Steven Howe


On 04/16/2010 06:48 AM, Keith Hughitt wrote:
> Suppose you have two file-trees with common sub-directories but
> different files that you want to merge together, e.g.
>
> /test/
> /test/a/
> /test/a/file1
>
> /test2/
> /test2/a/
> /test2/a/file2
>
> You can easily merge the directories in Linux using the "cp" command:
>
> cp -r test/* test2/
>
> While Python provides some helpful methods for moving files and
> directories around (shutil.move, shutil.copytree, etc), none of them
> seem to be able to merge two directories.
>
> I've looked around some on Google for an alternative to calling cp
> directly, but so far no luck.
>
> Any ideas?
>    




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