deleting file if it exists; python

You’re trying to delete an open file, and the docs for os.remove() state…

On Windows, attempting to remove a file that is in use causes an exception to be raised

You could change the code to…

filename = os.path.expanduser('~') + '\Desktop\input.txt'
except OSError:
f1 = open(filename, 'a')

…or you can replace all that with…

f1 = open(os.path.expanduser('~') + '\Desktop\input.txt', 'w')

…which will truncate the file to zero length before opening.

Leave a Comment