[Tutor] try and file existence

Laura Creighton lac at openend.se
Sun Aug 16 09:52:32 CEST 2015

In a message of Sat, 15 Aug 2015 15:20:19 -0700, "Clayton Kirkwood" writes:
>> If you want to locate dangling symlinks,  os.path.exists will return
>False, so
>> the symlink is there, but the file it pointed to is long gone.
>Can't you do that with os.path.open() and get a value in os.path.status? (I
>think that is the thing to call)
>> Laura

There is no os.path.open
I assume you are thinking of os.open?  or open the builtin?  or maybe

If what you really want to do is open the file, if it exists, then
trying to open it and then if that fails handle whatever problem you
get is most often the way to go.

But often you never wanted to open it in the first place.  Maybe it is
a directory.  Maybe it is a lockfile --- oops, I will come back later.
There are a lot of times when the sense you really want is not
'check if this valued file exists' but rather 'check for cruft you
don't want to find'.

Open is also slow, which again isn't a problem if you need to open the
file anyway, but will matter if all you want to do is check your entire
large filesystem for files named 'core'.


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