Looping through files in a directory

Tim Chase python.list at tim.thechases.com
Thu Nov 11 02:28:15 CET 2010

On 11/10/10 16:46, Matty Sarro wrote:
> Short story - I have a few thousand files in a directory I
> need to parse through. Is there a simple way to loop through
> files? I'd like to avoid writing a python script that can
> parse 1 file, and have to call it a few thousand times from a
> bash script. Any input or pointers to functions that'd help
> would be very much appreciated.

Sounds like you're reaching for os.listdir()

  import os
  TARGET = '/path/to/wherever'
  for fname in os.listdir(TARGET):
    process_file(os.path.join(TARGET, fname))

or possibly glob.glob()

  from glob import glob
  for fname in glob(os.path.join(TARGET, '*.txt')):


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