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xattr - Python extended filesystem attributes

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xattr is a Python wrapper for the extended attributes APIs available in Darwin 8.0+ (Mac OS X 10.4) and Linux 2.6+. 0.2 added Linux compatibility, and API compatibility with the GPL pyxattr module. Unlike pyxattr, xattr supports both Darwin and Linux, has a dict-like API, and it is MIT licensed.

Usage looks like this:

>>> import xattr
>>> x = xattr.xattr('tiger_8a428_userdvd.dmg')
>>> x
<xattr file='tiger_8a428_userdvd.dmg'>
>>> x.keys()
[u'com.apple.diskimages.recentcksum']
>>> dict(x)
{u'com.apple.diskimages.recentcksum': 'i:969254 ...more stuff'}
>>> x['com.apple.diskimages.recentcksum']
'i:969254 ...more stuff'
>>> x['com.apple.adc'] = 'select'
>>> dict(x)
{u'com.apple.adc': 'select',
 u'com.apple.diskimages.recentcksum': 'i:969254 ...more stuff'}
>>> del x['com.apple.adc']
>>> dict(x)
{u'com.apple.diskimages.recentcksum': 'i:969254 ...more stuff'}

You can download xattr 0.2 from http://pythonmac.org/packages/ for Tiger's Python 2.3.5 or Python 2.4.1 (installed on Tiger).

svn trunk:
http://svn.red-bean.com/bob/xattr/trunk/
0.2 source:
http://svn.red-bean.com/bob/xattr/releases/xattr-0.2/
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