[Tutor] directory recursion
rob.andrews at gmail.com
Fri Sep 9 21:34:09 CEST 2005
I should already know this, and probably once did, but have never had
a real world use for it until now.
What's a nice, clean way to recursively scan through directories with
an arbitrary number of subdirectories?
In today's example, we're looking to grab the file name and third line
of the file for every text file in the directory tree, and dump into a
new text file. Everything but the walking of the tree was obvious
We used the following to grab the desired output from a single level
for fileName in glob.glob('C:/stuff/jayfiles/*/*.txt'): # glob through
newFile = open('C:/stuff/jayfiles/newFile.txt', 'a') # open
newFile to append
newFile.write(fileName) # append fileName to newFile
newFile.write('\t') # append a tab after fileName
currentFile = open(fileName, 'r') # open next file for reading
currentFile.readline() # this and the following line go through...
currentFile.readline() # ...the 1st 2 lines of the file
thirdLine = currentFile.readline() # modify this to print to text file
newFile.write(thirdLine) # append thirdLine to newFile
currentFile.close() # close currentFile
newFile.close() # close newFile
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