Tyler Karch Tyler Karch - 3 months ago 17
Python Question

Error in changing to directory using os.chdir in for loop - python

Hey i've got this script which converts all the flv video files in a directory to mp4 format.

I got it to work with just having all the files placed in one directory but am now needing to modify it so it goes into folders within that directory and converts the files within each folder it comes across.

Here is my code


class ConvertToMP4:
def __init__(self):
self.flvfiles = []

def fetch_flv_files(self, directory_name):
print("Scanning directory: " + directory_name)
for (dirpath, dirnames, filenames) in os.walk(directory_name):
for files in filenames:
if files.endswith('.flv'):
print('convert file: ' + files)

def convert_flv_file_to_mp4_file(self):
# check to see if the list is empty, if not proceed
num_of_dir = len(list(os.walk(sourcedirectory)))
if len(self.flvfiles) <= 0:
print("No files to convert!")
for x in range(num_of_dir):
for (dirpath, dirnames, filenames) in os.walk(sourcedirectory):
for z in dirpath:
for flvfiles in filenames:
mp4_file = flvfiles.replace('.flv','.mp4')
cmd_string = 'ffmpeg -i "' + flvfiles + '" -vcodec libx264 -crf 23 -acodec aac -strict experimental "' + mp4_file + '"'
print('converting ' + flvfiles + ' to ' + mp4_file)

def main():
usage = "usage: %prog -d <source directory for flv files>"
parser = OptionParser(usage=usage)
type="string", dest="sourcedirectory", default="./",
help="source directory where all the flv files are stored")
(options, args) = parser.parse_args()
flv_to_mp4 = ConvertToMP4()
return 0


This is the error I am receiving

sudo ./sub_start_comp.py
Scanning directory: /home/dubit/Desktop/test/
convert file: 20051210-w50s.flv
convert file: barsandtone.flv
Traceback (most recent call last):
File "./sub_start_comp.py", line 66, in <module>
File "./sub_start_comp.py", line 63, in main
File "./sub_start_comp.py", line 46, in convert_flv_file_to_mp4_file
OSError: [Errno 2] No such file or directory: 'h'

I am new to python scripting so have not really got the knowledge to work out the issue so any help will be appreciated. If I had to take a guess its just taking the first character from the dirpath variable.


The dirpath is a single string. When you iterate over it using for loop (for z in dirpath), you're iterating over each individual character in string '/home/dubit/Desktop/test/'! First z is set to '/', then 'h'... and that's where the chdir fails as there is no directory named h in your root directory.

Just replace

for z in dirpath:



and adjust indents accordingly, and it should work.