[Tutor] Beautiful soup

Oliver Maunder mail at olivermaunder.co.uk
Tue Oct 4 22:47:27 CEST 2005

On 10/4/05, Andrew P <grouch at gmail.com> wrote:
> Oops, Paul is probably right. I thought urllib2 opened local files in the
> absence of an identifier like "http://". Bad assumption on my part. I
> remembered that behavior from somewhere else, maybe urllib.

The following function could be useful here - I got it from Dive Into Python
- http://diveintopython.org/scripts_and_streams/index.html#kgp.openanything

It tries to open a file with urllib, and if that fails it uses open():

def openAnything(source):
    # try to open with urllib (if source is http, ftp, or file URL)
    import urllib
        return urllib.urlopen(source)
    except (IOError, OSError):

    # try to open with native open function (if source is pathname)
        return open(source)
    except (IOError, OSError):

    # treat source as string
    import StringIO
    return StringIO.StringIO(str(source))

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