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#!/usr/bin/env python
# -*- encoding: utf-8 -*-
"""Generate unique filenames for a file you're about to create.
The functions in this snippet are useful for ensuring you don't inadvertently
create a file that replaces an existing file. Given a name, they try to
find a similar name that doesn't already exist on the disk.
This code isn't safe from race conditions -- if a file pops into existence
between the check and the write, you could still lose data -- but it's a
good start. If you really want to be sure a file doesn't exist when you
write to it, use the 'x' mode for `open()` in Python 3:
import os
import random
import string
def generate_variations(path):
"""Given a path, generate variations that add a few characters of random
noise to the path.
:param path: Starting path.
# Implementation note: the 'noise' is five characters of alphanumeric
# text added before the file extension. Including uppercase and lowercase,
# this allows up to 62^5 = 9e9 possible variations. That's plenty for
# most use cases. Add more characters if you're feeling picky.
yield path
base, ext = os.splitext(path)
while True:
noise = ''.join([
random.choice(string.ascii_letters + string.digits)
for _ in range(5)
yield '%s_%s%s' % (base, noise, ext)
def choose_unique_filename(path):
"""Given a filename, return a variation on that filename that doesn't
already exist on disk."""
for new_path in generate_variations(path):
if not os.path.exists(new_path):
return new_path
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