Reading files in from the proper directory
__peter__ at web.de
Tue Feb 7 19:59:05 CET 2012
SMac2347 at comcast.net wrote:
> Hello. I am admittedly a Python novice, and ran into some trouble
> trying to write a program that will pull multiple excel files all into
> one file, with each file on a different sheet.
> I am confident most of the code is correct, as the program runs
> without any errors and I found the base of it online, making changes
> as necessary for my own purposes.
That confidence usually evaporates once you write the first unit test ;)
> However, I am having trouble
> specifying the exact directory where my code should be pulling the
> files from. All the files are in the same folder, and I have put the
> folder on my desktop. Am I correct in thinking that I need to change
> the current working directory to this folder in order for Python to
> read in these files, then generate my output? Or should I be doing
> something else?
Do it properly, allow specifying the files on the commandline:
def process_files(files, destfile):
# put your real code here
print "merge " + "\n ".join(files)
print "into " + destfile
if __name__ == "__main__":
parser = argparse.ArgumentParser()
parser.add_argument("files", metavar="file", nargs="+")
args = parser.parse_args()
If you have standard locations for sources and destination you can wrap your
python script into a little batch file containing something like
python \source\path\*.xls \dest\path\merged.xls
and invoke that to get both flexibility and convenience.
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