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Python Programming On Win32 by Mark Hammond, Andy Robinson

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Files and Directories

These functions operate on files and directories.

access (path, mode )

Checks read/write/execute permissions for this process or file path. Returns 1 if access is granted, if not. See the Unix manual for the semantics. Availability: Unix.

chmod(path, mode )

Changes the mode of path to the numeric mode. Availability: Unix, Windows.

chown(path, uid, gid )

Changes the owner and group ID of path to the numeric uid and gid. Availability: Unix.

link(src, dst )

Creates a hard link pointing to src named dst. Availability: Unix.

listdir(path )

Returns a list containing the names of the entries in the directory. The list is in arbitrary order. It doesn’t include the special entries "." and ".." even if they are present in the directory. Availability: Macintosh, Unix, Windows.

lstat(path )

Like stat(), but doesn’t follow symbolic links. Availability: Unix.

mkfifo(path[, mode] )

Creates a FIFO (a named pipe) named path with numeric mode mode. The default mode is 0666 (octal). The current umask value is first masked out from the mode. Availability: Unix.

FIFOs are pipes that can be accessed like regular files. FIFOs exist until they are deleted (for example with os.unlink()). Generally, FIFOs are used as rendezvous between client and server type processes: the server opens the FIFO for reading, and the client opens it for writing. Note that mkfifo() doesn’t open the FIFO, it just creates the rendezvous point.

mkdir(path[, mode] )

Creates a directory named path with numeric ...

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