UTF-8 Directory Listing

| directory listing | python | utf8 | windows

I had a need to create a directory listing with all the UTF-8 characters intact. This seems quite a chore on Windows, as doing anything via the shell seems to mangle the characters and show ???? instead of the real characters. For example, both the built in dir and Cygwin ls or find seemed affected. This turns out to be a limitation in the windows shell.

To solve this problem I wrote a bit of python to read the file names in full UTF-8 and output the results directly to a file (and not via a pipe, which would again be via the shell). The resulting very simple script is as follows:

import os
import codecs

log = codecs.open('listing', mode='w', encoding="utf-8")

for root, dirs, files in os.walk(u'.'):
	log.write(root + u"\n")

	for file in sorted(files):
		log.write(os.path.join(root, file) + u"\n")

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