dalimil 1.1

Command line tool for organizing files into time related containers (directories or archives)

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What's new in dalimil 1.1:

  • Completed packaging for pypi server (readme, news, todo, setup.py, tests moved)
  • buildout support added
  • uploaded to pypi server.
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Jan Vlcinsky
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dalimil is a command-line tool for organizing files into time related containers (directories or archives).


Use standard methods like:

python setup.py install


pip install dalimil


easy_install dalimil

It shall install script called dalimil into python site-packages.

It is recommended to add this path (python site-packages) into you PATH.


see dalimil -h

Current doc

usage: dalimil [-h]
 [-action {list,move2dir,move2zip,move2targz,copy2dir,copy2zip,copy2targz}]
 [-destination DESTINATION] [-time {modified,pattern}]
 [-pattern TIME_DETECTION_PATTERN] [-incomplete]
 source [source ...]

dalimil tool organizes files into time related containers (directories or archives).
Note: This command never starts anything by itself, it runs only once per call.

So called Dalimil wrote Chronicle of Dalimil, sorting past and current events.
See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chronicle_of_Dalimil

positional arguments:
 source Unix shell pattern for selecting files to archive.
 (defaults to all files in current dir)

optional arguments:
 -h, --help show this help message and exit
 -action {list,move2dir,move2zip,move2targz,copy2dir,copy2zip,copy2targz}
 Defines action to do with files organized into time
 related containers. (default: list)
 -destination DESTINATION
 Time formated pattern for resulting container
 (default: archive/year-%Y/month-%m/%Y-%m-%d.zip)
 -time {modified,pattern}
 Method, how time of file is detected, options:
 modified, pattern (default: modified)
 Pattern, detecting time from filename. Effective only,
 if -time_detection_method is "pattern". Path is
 ignored, first part of filename must fit, useless end
 of filename can be omitted. (default:
 -incomplete Allows creation of containers for periods, which are
 not yet completed (default: False))

Files are selected using Unix shell like syntax using *, ?, [seq] and [!seq]
Finally, files are placed container, which is archive file or end leaf directory.
Warning: File selection pattern can select files from multiple directories.
If final container rejects storing duplicate names, duplicates are skipped.

Time is detected from file modification or creation time, or decoded from filename.

Resulting containers are defined by time formating pattern.

Time formating patters for target path and container name:
Defines path and file name, which can be created from related file time.
 %c Locale's appropriate date and time representation.
 %d Day of the month as a decimal number [01,31].
 %f Microsecond as a decimal number [0,999999], zero-padded on the left
 %H Hour (24-hour clock) as a decimal number [00,23].
 %j Day of the year as a decimal number [001,366].
 %m Month as a decimal number [01,12].
 %M Minute as a decimal number [00,59].
 %S Second as a decimal number [00,61].
 %U Week number of the year (Sunday as the first day of the week) as a decimal number [00,53]. All days in a new year preceding the first Sunday are considered to be in week 0.
 %w Weekday as a decimal number [0(Sunday),6].
 %W Week number of the year (Monday as the first day of the week) as a decimal number [00,53]. All days in a new year preceding the first Monday are considered to be in week 0.
 %y Year without century as a decimal number [00,99].
 %Y Year with century as a decimal number.
 %z UTC offset in the form +HHMM or -HHMM (empty string if the the object is naive).
 %Z Time zone name (empty string if the object is naive).
For more and details see bottom of page http://docs.python.org/library/datetime.html
Samples: pattern => resulting path + archive name:
 "archive/%Y-%m-%dT%H.zip" => "archive/2010-02-28T13.zip"
 "archive/%Y/%m/%d.zip" => "archive/2010/02/28.zip"
 "archive/%Y/week-%W.zip" => "archive/2010/week-10.zip"
default value is:
 "archive/year-%Y/month-%m/%Y-%m-%d.zip" => "archive/year-2010/month-08/2010-08-28.zip"

Containers contain flat structure without deeper directory tree.
Source files can be finally deleted or left as they are.
Use action list (default) to see expected result without endangering files.

Existing containers are never touched, if they are found, *_1.* etc. is used.

Reading command line parameters from file: write arguments into text file,
each prefix and each value on separate lines like
 ------(quotation of my.cfg start)
 D:\my files with spaces\data\2010-0[789]\*.xml
 (quotation of my.cfg end)------
Then from command line
 dalimil -incomplete @my.cfg
will read it.
Mixing command line arguments and others from file(s) is possible.

Dry test of archiving *.xml from current folder without touching the files
 dalimil *.xml

Move the *.xml fles into subdir archive/year-2010/month-08/2010-08-28.zip etc.
Current period are skipped
 dalimil -a move2zip *.xml

Move there all files, including current period
 dalimil -a move2zip -incomplete *.xml

Copy the *.xml files into dir structure without zipping (dirs keep the .zip extension)
 dalimil -a copy2dir *.xml

Move the *.xml files into dir structure of style archive/year-2010/month-08/2010-08-28
 dalimil -a move2dir -d archive/year-%Y/month-%m/%Y-%m-%d *.xml

Move to archives, detecting time of files from file names
Expecting file names notes-201010251325_abc.xml
 dalimil -t pattern -p notes-%Y%m%d%H%M -a move2zip *.xml

Last updated on November 17th, 2011


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