[Tutor] Short Version, New guy looking for some tips, Revisited.

Rich Krauter rmkrauter at yahoo.com
Sat Feb 7 16:56:11 EST 2004

On Sat, 2004-02-07 at 16:26, Joshua Banks wrote:
> Am I asking for  a simple example. Nothing more than that.

Why don't you just take a stab at it? It doesn't have to be perfect. You
should see how many dumb ideas I've posted in attempt to just take a
stab at trying to solve something. Big deal. That's the whole point of
the mailing list. 

Here's a quick example. It's bad and inflexible and very limited and
likely to die very badly in many common situations, but maybe it'll get
you started. 

<bad example>

# requires python 2.3
import tarfile

import sys
import os,os.path

if __name__ == '__main__':
    fname = 'test.tar'
    ext = '.gz'
    archive = '%s%s'%(fname,ext)

    if os.path.exists(archive):
         print 'gunzip-ing %s'%archive
         os.system('gunzip %s'%(archive))

    tar = tarfile.open(fname,'a')
    for f in sys.argv[1:]:
        print 'adding %s to %s ...'%(f,fname)

    if os.path.exists(fname):
        print 'gzip-ing %s'%fname
        os.system('gzip %s'%fname)

</bad example>


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