Hugolpz Hugolpz - 10 months ago 65
Python Question

Python: OSError: [Errno 2] No such file or directory: ''

I have a 100 lines, 3 years old python scraper that now bug. Starting lines are:

import urllib, re, os, sys, time # line 1: import modules
os.chdir(os.path.dirname(sys.argv[0])) # line 2: all works in script's folder > relative address
# (rest of my script here!)

When run,

$cd /my/folder/

I receive the error:

Traceback (most recent call last):
File "", line 2, in <module>
OSError: [Errno 2] No such file or directory: ''

How should I read this error and what to do ?

Answer Source

Have you noticed that you don't get the error if you run

python ./

instead of


This is because sys.argv[0] will read ./ in the former case, which gives os.path.dirname something to work with. When you don't specify a path, sys.argv[0] reads simply, and os.path.dirname cannot determine a path.