pathlib / README.txt

pathlib offers a set of classes to handle filesystem paths.  It offers the
following advantages over using string objects:

* No more cumbersome use of os and os.path functions.  Everything can be
  done easily through operators, attribute accesses, and method calls.

* Embodies the semantics of different path types.  For example, comparing
  Windows paths ignores casing.

* Well-defined semantics, eliminating any warts or ambiguities (forward vs.
  backward slashes, etc.).


Python 3.2 or later is recommended, but pathlib is also usable with Python 2.7.


In Python 3.4, pathlib is now part of the standard library.  For Python 3.3
and earlier, ``easy_install pathlib`` or ``pip install pathlib`` should do
the trick.


Importing the module classes::

   >>> from pathlib import *

Listing Python source files in a directory::

   >>> list(p.glob('*.py'))
   [PosixPath(''), PosixPath(''),

Navigating inside a directory tree::

   >>> p = Path('/etc')
   >>> q = p / 'init.d' / 'reboot'
   >>> q
   >>> q.resolve()

Querying path properties::

   >>> q.exists()
   >>> q.is_dir()

Opening a file::

   >>> with as f: f.readline()


The full documentation can be read at `Read the Docs


The issue tracker and repository are hosted by `BitBucket


Version 1.0

- Python issue #20111: pathlib.Path.with_suffix() now sanity checks the
  given suffix.
- Python issue #19918: Fix PurePath.relative_to() under Windows.
- Python issue #19921: When Path.mkdir() is called with parents=True, any
  missing parent is created with the default permissions, ignoring the mode
  argument (mimicking the POSIX "mkdir -p" command).
- Python issue #19887: Improve the Path.resolve() algorithm to support
  certain symlink chains.
- Make pathlib usable under Python 2.7 with unicode pathnames (only pure
  ASCII, though).
- Issue #21: fix TypeError under Python 2.7 when using new division.
- Add tox support for easier testing.

Version 0.97

This version brings ``pathlib`` up to date with the final API specified
in :pep:`428`.  The changes are too long to list here, it is recommended
to read the `documentation <>`_.

.. warning::
   The API in this version is partially incompatible with pathlib 0.8 and
   earlier.  Be sure to check your code for possible breakage!

Version 0.8

- Add and PurePath.anchor.
- Add Path.owner and
- Add Path.replace().
- Add Path.as_uri().
- Issue #10: when creating a file with, don't set the executable
- Issue #11: fix comparisons with non-Path objects.

Version 0.7

- Add '**' (recursive) patterns to Path.glob().
- Fix openat() support after the API refactoring in Python 3.3 beta1.
- Add a *target_is_directory* argument to Path.symlink_to()

Version 0.6

- Add Path.is_file() and Path.is_symlink()
- Add Path.glob() and Path.rglob()
- Add PurePath.match()

Version 0.5

- Add Path.mkdir().
- Add Python 2.7 compatibility by Michele Lacchia.
- Make parent() raise ValueError when the level is greater than the path