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Author desbma
Recipients desbma
Date 2013-11-30.13:05:39
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shutil.move sometimes fail when the underlining filesystem has limitations.

Here is a part of a stacktrace I'm getting :

  File "/usr/local/lib/python3.3/", line 534, in move
    copy2(src, real_dst)
  File "/usr/local/lib/python3.3/", line 244, in copy2
    copystat(src, dst, follow_symlinks=follow_symlinks)
  File "/usr/local/lib/python3.3/", line 192, in copystat
    lookup("chmod")(dst, mode, follow_symlinks=follow)
OSError: [Errno 38]

This behaviour is expected because shutil.move uses shutil.copy2 under the hood to copy file data and metadata.

However there is no way to tell shutil.move to use shutil.copy and to ignore metadata.

Maybe a new copy_metadata parameter (defaulting to True) or copy_function (like in shutil.copytree) would be an elegant solution?
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