Python seems to have functions for copying files (e.g.
shutil.copy) and functions for copying directories (e.g.
shutil.copytree) but I haven't found any function that handles both. Sure, it's trivial to check whether you want to copy a file or a directory, but it seems like a strange omission.
Is there really no standard function that works like the unix
cp -r command, i.e. supports both directories and files and copies recursively? What would be the most elegant way to work around this problem in Python?
import shutil, errno def copyanything(src, dst): try: shutil.copytree(src, dst) except OSError as exc: # python >2.5 if exc.errno == errno.ENOTDIR: shutil.copy(src, dst) else: raise
import os, shutil root_src_dir = r'C:\MyMusic' #Path/Location of the source directory root_dst_dir = 'D:MusicBackUp' #Path to the destination folder for src_dir, dirs, files in os.walk(root_src_dir): dst_dir = src_dir.replace(root_src_dir, root_dst_dir, 1) if not os.path.exists(dst_dir): os.makedirs(dst_dir) for file_ in files: src_file = os.path.join(src_dir, file_) dst_file = os.path.join(dst_dir, file_) if os.path.exists(dst_file): os.remove(dst_file) shutil.copy(src_file, dst_dir)
Should it be your first time and you have no idea how to copy files and folders recursively, I hope this helps.