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Newbie python question

by zeion
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Jun10-11, 08:51 PM
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Hi, this might be silly but I'm not sure what the syntax is for the read function...

I'm trying to open a file on my desktop, it is a text file called testfile.txt, how do I make python know where to find it?

I go:

f = open('C:\Users\Truman\Desktop\testfile.txt', 'r')


f = open('testfile.txt', 'r')

but neither works.

Does the file need to be in the same directory as where I installed Python?


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Jun10-11, 10:42 PM
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f = open(filename, mode)
should work if you specify the file path.

Are you getting an IOError? Also, if you directly use the file() constructor, can you open the file?
Jun15-11, 11:01 PM
P: 467
Ok I realized I couldn't open the file in IDLE.. but only with the actual program.

Jun16-11, 12:00 AM
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Newbie python question

Either use double backslashes, '\\', or single forward slashes, '/'. Otherwise you have characters like '\t', which is the tab character, embedded in your filename.
Jun17-11, 12:26 AM
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P: 1,153's been so long since I've used Python on Windows that I forgot about that.

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