This module contains some convenience routines for file-manipulation on the Macintosh. All file parameters can be specified as pathnames, FSRef or FSSpec objects. This module expects a filesystem which supports forked files, so it should not be used on UFS partitions.

Note

This module has been removed in Python 3.

The macostools module defines the following functions:

macostools.copy(src, dst[, createpath[, copytimes]])

Copy file src to dst. If createpath is non-zero the folders leading to dst 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.

Note

This function does not work in 64-bit code because it uses APIs that are not available in 64-bit mode.

macostools.copytree(src, dst)

Recursively copy a file tree from src to dst, creating folders as needed. src and dst should be specified as pathnames.

Note

This function does not work in 64-bit code because it uses APIs that are not available in 64-bit mode.

macostools.mkalias(src, dst)

Create a finder alias dst pointing to src.

Note

This function does not work in 64-bit code because it uses APIs that are not available in 64-bit mode.

macostools.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 files icon.

Deprecated since version 2.6: The function is a no-op on OS X.

macostools.BUFSIZ

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.

37.4. findertools — The finder’s Apple Events interface

This module contains routines that give Python programs access to some functionality provided by the finder. They are implemented as wrappers around the AppleEvent interface to the finder.

All file and folder parameters can be specified either as full pathnames, or as FSRef or FSSpec objects.

The findertools module defines the following functions:

findertools.launch(file)

Tell the finder to launch file. What launching means depends on the file: applications are started, folders are opened and documents are opened in the correct application.

findertools.Print(file)

Tell the finder to print a file. The behaviour is identical to selecting the file and using the print command in the finder’s file menu.

findertools.copy(file, destdir)

Tell the finder to copy a file or folder file to folder destdir. The function returns an Alias object pointing to the new file.

findertools.move(file, destdir)

Tell the finder to move a file or folder file to folder destdir. The function returns an Alias object pointing to the new file.

findertools.sleep()

Tell the finder to put the Macintosh to sleep, if your machine supports it.

findertools.restart()

Tell the finder to perform an orderly restart of the machine.

findertools.shutdown()

Tell the finder to perform an orderly shutdown of the machine.