[Tutor] Copy Files, Dates

Alan Gauld alan.gauld@blueyonder.co.uk
Fri Apr 18 19:22:01 2003

> How do you copy files using Python?

Finding the right module is one of the hardest bits of learning
The one you need here is called shutil - obviously! :-)!

> First I need to find out if a string is a Date. Is there any IsDate
> function?

There is a string convertion function in the python time module.

You might want to use try/except to catch errors:

try: # convert the string
except: print 'oops! not a date'

There is also an addin mxDate module which gets good reviews,
it might have something.

> Also, is there a module that compares dates?

The basic time module lets you convert a date into a numeric value.
You can then compare the numbers, subract them to get the difference


Alan G
Author of the Learn to Program web tutor