[Tutor] How to skip a single file when using shutil.make_archive()

Ben Finney ben+python at benfinney.id.au
Sat Aug 15 00:36:05 CEST 2015

Anthony Papillion <papillion at gmail.com> writes:

> I'm creating an archive of a directory using shutil.make_archive and
> need to skip a single file if it is present in that directory. Is
> there a way to do this or should I be looking to ZipFile to meet this
> need?

You can create a hierarchy of files the way you want it, and then use
‘shutil.make_archive’ once the tree is the way you want it.

* Use ‘tempfile.mkdtemp’ to create a unique temporary working directory,
  and bind its name to ‘working_dir’.

* Use ‘shutil.copytree’ to copy the entire hierarchy from its permanent
  location to the temporary ‘working_dir’ location.

* Use other ‘shutil’ functions to manipulate the files in ‘working_dir’
  the way you want.

* Use ‘shutil.make_archive’ to create an archive of the files from

* Use ‘shutil.rmtree’ to remove the ‘working_dir’.

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