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11.9 distutils.archive_util -- Archiving utilities

11.9 distutils.archive_util -- Archiving utilities

This module provides a few functions for creating archive files, such as tarballs or zipfiles.

make_archive( base_name, format[, root_dir=None, base_dir=None, verbose=0, dry_run=0])
Create an archive file (eg. zip or tar). base_name is the name of the file to create, minus any format-specific extension; format is the archive format: one of zip, tar, ztar, or gztar. root_dir is a directory that will be the root directory of the archive; ie. we typically chdir into root_dir before creating the archive. base_dir is the directory where we start archiving from; ie. base_dir will be the common prefix of all files and directories in the archive. root_dir and base_dir both default to the current directory. Returns the name of the archive file.

Warning: This should be changed to support bz2 files

make_tarball( base_name, base_dir[, compress='gzip', verbose=0, dry_run=0])
'Create an (optional compressed) archive as a tar file from all files in and under base_dir. compress must be 'gzip' (the default), 'compress', 'bzip2', or None. Both tar and the compression utility named by compress must be on the default program search path, so this is probably Unix-specific. The output tar file will be named base_dir.tar, possibly plus the appropriate compression extension (.gz, .bz2 or .Z). Return the output filename.

Warning: This should be replaced with calls to the tarfile module.

make_zipfile( base_name, base_dir[, verbose=0, dry_run=0])
Create a zip file from all files in and under base_dir. The output zip file will be named base_dir + .zip. Uses either the zipfile Python module (if available) or the InfoZIP zip utility (if installed and found on the default search path). If neither tool is available, raises DistutilsExecError. Returns the name of the output zip file.

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