This module contains some convenience routines for file-manipulation
on the Macintosh.
The macostools module defines the following functions:
- copy (src, dst[, createpath[, copytimes]])
Copy file src to dst. The files can be specified as
pathnames or FSSpec objects. If createpath is non-zero
dst must be a pathname and the folders leading to the
destination are created if necessary. The method copies data and
resource fork and some finder information (creator, type, flags) and
optionally the creation, modification and backup times (default is to
copy them). Custom icons, comments and icon position are not copied.
If the source is an alias the original to which the alias points is
copied, not the aliasfile.
- copytree (src, dst)
Recursively copy a file tree from src to dst, creating
folders as needed. src and dst should be specified as
- mkalias (src, dst)
Create a finder alias dst pointing to src. Both may be
specified as pathnames or FSSpec objects.
- touched (dst)
Tell the finder that some bits of finder-information such as creator
or type for file dst has changed. The file can be specified by
pathname or fsspec. This call should tell the finder to redraw the
The buffer size for
copy, default 1 megabyte.
Note that the process of creating finder aliases is not specified in
the Apple documentation. Hence, aliases created with mkalias()
could conceivably have incompatible behaviour in some cases.
See About this document... for information on suggesting changes.