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Created Jan 25, 2020
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Move the contents of ~/Desktop into today's day folder
#!/usr/bin/env python3
"""Move the contents of ~/Desktop into ~/Notes/DAY_FOLDERS/YYYY/MM/DD/.
Create today's day folder (~/Notes/DAY_FOLDERS/YYYY/MM/DD/) and its parent
folders if they don't exist already, and then move everything from ~/Desktop
into today's day folder.
If ~/Desktop is already empty then don't do anything (don't create an empty day
May overwrite pre-existing files in the day folder with files from ~/Desktop.
Will not merge pre-existing subdirectories. If there's a ~/Desktop/FOO/
directory and there's a pre-existing <TODAYS_DAY_FOLDER>/FOO/ directory then
this script will crash.
import datetime
import os
import shutil
import sys
today =
home_folder = os.path.expanduser("~")
desktop_folder = os.path.join(home_folder, "Desktop")
day_folder = os.path.join(
names = os.listdir(desktop_folder)
if not names:
# If there are no files on the desktop then exit now so we don't create an empty day folder.
os.makedirs(day_folder, exist_ok=True)
for name in names:
src = os.path.join(desktop_folder, name)
if os.path.isfile(src):
dst = os.path.join(day_folder, name)
dst = day_folder
shutil.move(src, dst)
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