[PyQt] Re: Copying Directory structure from a template one

F.A. Pinkse fapinkse at gmail.com
Wed Apr 8 18:21:04 BST 2009

Hello Patrick,

All good ideas. Thanks.

The 'I can do better' was the multiple templates option.

Putting the structure into a file is a good one, less chance of 
accidental changes.

Never have done XML, but will give it a try.


> This answer may or may not be useful to you because what I'm
> suggesting is an alternative route but still... Up to you to decide.
> I have to do this 'create a dir structure from template' regularly in
> my line of work and the solution I've come to like a lot is to use a
> template file in the form of an xml dialect that could look somewhat
> like follows:
> <dir name="foo">
>   <dir name="bar" />
>   <dir name="flip">
>     <dir name="flop" />
>   </dir>
> </dir>
> You can then walk this xml node structure creating the directories as you go.
> This can be extended to support tag replacement in name attributes
> (name="[specialComputedValue]_dir"), <file /> nodes, a chmod="0755"
> attribute for permissions or even an include system whereby you can
> nest templates in each other.
> Eventually if the people maintaining these templates aren't xml savvy
> you can build a template editor in Qt with a QTreeWidget (or View)
> that exposes all the nifty features of your dialect.
> You can have multiple templates and if needed you could even copy the
> template into the directory structure itself as a hidden file or in a
> hidden directory, a bit like a .svn directory. It all depends where
> you're going with this.
> Hope this can give you a few ideas...
> Cheers,
> Patrick
> On Wed, Apr 8, 2009 at 10:52 AM, F.A. Pinkse <fapinkse at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hello All,
>> For very new job in my CAD work I make a copy of an old Job Directory
>> structure and rename the directories/files as needed by hand.
>> Finally I decided to throw Python at it.
>> I hard coded the structure, but I felt I could do better, like copying a
>> template and do a rename in the process.
>> But somehow I got stuck.
>> Here is what I did so far.
>> Used the QDirModel(), giving me the whole file system.
>> Using filters will narrow this down, right?
>> I can do a .hasChildren(), but I fail on the . findChildren() bit which is
>> needed for navigation, I think.
>> Has anyone a good source of examples on this.
>> Thanks,
>> Frans.
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