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  2:mod:`macostools` --- Convenience routines for file manipulation
  3================================================================
  4
  5.. module:: macostools
  6   :platform: Mac
  7   :synopsis: Convenience routines for file manipulation.
  8   :deprecated:
  9
 10
 11This module contains some convenience routines for file-manipulation on the
 12Macintosh. All file parameters can be specified as pathnames, :class:`FSRef` or
 13:class:`FSSpec` objects.  This module expects a filesystem which supports forked
 14files, so it should not be used on UFS partitions.
 15
 16.. note::
 17
 18   This module has been removed in Python 3.0.
 19
 20The :mod:`macostools` module defines the following functions:
 21
 22
 23.. function:: copy(src, dst[, createpath[, copytimes]])
 24
 25   Copy file *src* to *dst*.  If *createpath* is non-zero the folders leading to
 26   *dst* are created if necessary. The method copies data and resource fork and
 27   some finder information (creator, type, flags) and optionally the creation,
 28   modification and backup times (default is to copy them). Custom icons, comments
 29   and icon position are not copied.
 30
 31
 32.. function:: copytree(src, dst)
 33
 34   Recursively copy a file tree from *src* to *dst*, creating folders as needed.
 35   *src* and *dst* should be specified as pathnames.
 36
 37
 38.. function:: mkalias(src, dst)
 39
 40   Create a finder alias *dst* pointing to *src*.
 41
 42
 43.. function:: touched(dst)
 44
 45   Tell the finder that some bits of finder-information such as creator or type for
 46   file *dst* has changed. The file can be specified by pathname or fsspec. This
 47   call should tell the finder to redraw the files icon.
 48
 49   .. deprecated:: 2.6
 50      The function is a no-op on OS X.
 51
 52
 53.. data:: BUFSIZ
 54
 55   The buffer size for ``copy``, default 1 megabyte.
 56
 57Note that the process of creating finder aliases is not specified in the Apple
 58documentation. Hence, aliases created with :func:`mkalias` could conceivably
 59have incompatible behaviour in some cases.
 60
 61
 62:mod:`findertools` --- The :program:`finder`'s Apple Events interface
 63=====================================================================
 64
 65.. module:: findertools
 66   :platform: Mac
 67   :synopsis: Wrappers around the finder's Apple Events interface.
 68
 69
 70.. index:: single: AppleEvents
 71
 72This module contains routines that give Python programs access to some
 73functionality provided by the finder. They are implemented as wrappers around
 74the AppleEvent interface to the finder.
 75
 76All file and folder parameters can be specified either as full pathnames, or as
 77:class:`FSRef` or :class:`FSSpec` objects.
 78
 79The :mod:`findertools` module defines the following functions:
 80
 81
 82.. function:: launch(file)
 83
 84   Tell the finder to launch *file*. What launching means depends on the file:
 85   applications are started, folders are opened and documents are opened in the
 86   correct application.
 87
 88
 89.. function:: Print(file)
 90
 91   Tell the finder to print a file. The behaviour is identical to selecting the
 92   file and using the print command in the finder's file menu.
 93
 94
 95.. function:: copy(file, destdir)
 96
 97   Tell the finder to copy a file or folder *file* to folder *destdir*. The
 98   function returns an :class:`Alias` object pointing to the new file.
 99
100
101.. function:: move(file, destdir)
102
103   Tell the finder to move a file or folder *file* to folder *destdir*. The
104   function returns an :class:`Alias` object pointing to the new file.
105
106
107.. function:: sleep()
108
109   Tell the finder to put the Macintosh to sleep, if your machine supports it.
110
111
112.. function:: restart()
113
114   Tell the finder to perform an orderly restart of the machine.
115
116
117.. function:: shutdown()
118
119   Tell the finder to perform an orderly shutdown of the machine.
120