Accessing the files by last modified time
neilc at norwich.edu
Thu Mar 22 14:06:36 CET 2012
On 2012-03-22, Tim Williams <tjandacw at cox.net> wrote:
> On Mar 22, 7:33?am, Sangeet <mrsang... at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I am new to the python programming language.
>> I've been trying to write a script that would access the last
>> modified file in one of my directories. I'm using Win XP.
>> I saw a similar topic, on the forum before, however the reply
>> using (os.popen) didn't work out for me. I'm not sure whether
>> it was due to syntax errors either.
> Check out os.stat()
I've been using os.path.getmtime, and converting that to a
datetime object using datetime.datetime.fromtimestamp.
Surprisingly, perhaps, this has been working.
According to the docs, to avoid making any assumptiong, I might
need to do:
tm = os.path.getmtime(apath)
lt = time.localtime(tm)
datetime.datetime(lt.tm_year, lt.tm_mon, lt.tm_mday)
Here's where I'm confused about the functioning of my original
plan. The docs say:
[...] The return value is a number giving the number of seconds
since the epoch (see the time module). [...]
Return the local date and time corresponding to the POSIX
timestamp, such as returned by time.time(). [...]
Return the time as a floating point number expressed as seconds
since the epoch, in UTC. [...]
I'm not completely sure the return type of getmtime and the
argument type of fromtimestamp are really the same or not. I
guess I came to that conclusion some time in the past, and it
does seem to work. It may be a simple case of just different
aspects the exact same type being being highlighted in each
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