Python Learning: Automate Boring Stuff with Python | Chapter 8 : My Solution to Project: Backing Up a Folder into a Zip File

Just my solution to the project

I found the solution to the project provided in the book really good, but it zipped the entire folder structure in the absolute path. Something I am not pleased with. By adding the filepath base name to the zipfile.Zipfile.write() function, after the absolute filepath (of the file to be written),  I was able to prevent that unecessary folder zipping.


Suggestions are welcomed! 


[sourcecode language=”python” wraplines=”false”]

#Backs up given file in a zip file and numbers accordingly
#Usage: python backupzip <filepath>

import sys, os, re, zipfile

#TODO: get filepath
if len( sys.argv ) == 2:
filepath = sys.argv[1]
filepath = os.path.abspath(filepath)
#TODO: check if file path is valid
if os.path.exists(filepath):
#TODO: get list of files in the current directory
backupNum = 1
filepath_name = os.path.basename(filepath)
filepath_name = filepath_name.split(".")
regex_pattern = "^{}_\$".format(filepath_name[0])
regExp = re.compile(regex_pattern)
for filename in os.listdir():
#TODO: get number of files with filename
match = regExp.match(filename)
if match:
#TODO: create zipfile and zip filepath
name = filepath_name[0] + "_" + str(backupNum) + ".zip"
textZip = zipfile.ZipFile(name, "w")
#TODO: walk through entire folder tree
for folderName,subfolders, files in os.walk(filepath):
print("Adding files from {}".format( folderName ))
for file in files:
filp = os.path.join(folderName, file)
textZip.write(filp, os.path.basename(filp), compress_type=zipfile.ZIP_DEFLATED)
print("given file path does not exists")

print("Usage: python backupzip <filepath>")