[Tutor] writing sample program that zips files and saves in a backup directory

Kent Johnson kent37 at tds.net
Tue Oct 13 22:02:31 CEST 2009

On Tue, Oct 13, 2009 at 2:58 PM, David Eric <ciik13 at gmail.com> wrote:
> printing the command line,
> would it be
>  print('gzip {0} {1}'.format(target, ' '.join(source))?

Yes, or just
  print zip_command

> and as far as using the tar command,
> i have three files,
> file1,file2,file3
> i wanted to preserve that structure, doesnt tar combine everything into one
> file?

Yes, tar makes a single file. Do you want to preserve the individual
files? Why did you have the .gz argument in your command line? Is that
supposed to be a directory name or a file name?

My understanding of the man page is that gzip *replaces* files with
their gzipped version, so I guess if you want to back up a directory
to gzipped files you would have to first copy the directory, then

BTW you might like to look at the zipfile module as an alternative to gzip.


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