What’s an file?

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It’s usually empty, though some times there’s some instructions in there that’s too high level for me right now.

Having an file tells python to ‘see’ the directory it is in as a python module. Hence all packages (applications) will have an file or several ones within each separate module .

Not having it, or having it in the wrong places will most likely throw an Unhandled Exception.


Q: If it’s empty anyway, can I just copy it into different directories?

I tried, and it doesn’t throw an error unless you copied it into a folder that isn’t meant to be a python module. Then you will get an Unhandled Exception shown in your browser.

Q: What about the pyc file that comes with it?

That woozy file __init__.pyc looks like this:


and is for computers to read. You can delete it (sometimes a .pyc file doesn’t update to reflect the changes in the py file and causes trouble), and a new .pyc file will be generated by your friend the computer when it next requires.