Zope Image to filesystem image

16 March 2007   2 comments   Zope

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Today I bumped into a nasty challenge when trying to copy a Zope image from ZODB to the filesystem. The reason why it wasn't easy was that Zope splits the file up into chunks if it's upload size is more than 65Kb (2^16 bytes) which I guess it does for being able to "stream" the file back into the browser when viewing the image instead of sending one large blob.

So, this didn't work:

>>> imgobj.meta_type
>>> open(temp_file_path,'wb').write(imgobj.data)

...if the data is big because sometimes imgobj.data is a string (the binary data) and sometimes is a ImplicitAcquirerWrapper that you have to iterate over.

That's when Sascha Welter stepped up on the #zope channel on IRC with a snippet of code that does it properly:

def write_zodb_file_to_tempfile( source, temp_file ):
   Write data from a file from the ZODB / Zope 
   to a tempfile on the filesystem.
   - source (a zope object, not just a string with the object id!!)
   - temp_file (a writable file object)
   data = source.data
   if isinstance(data, StringType): #StringType
       temp_file.write( str(data) )
       (start,end) = (0,source.getSize())
       pos = 0
       while source.data is not None:
           l =  len(data.data)
           pos = pos + l
           if pos > start:
               # We are within the range
               lstart = l - (pos - start)
               if lstart < 0: lstart = 0
               # find the endpoint
               if end <= pos:
                   lend = l - (pos - end)
               # Not yet at the end, transmit what we have.
           data = data.next
   temp_file.seek(0, 0)


This is pretty neat. I have a similar issue with trying to use a Python script to return a .mp3 from a Zope file object. Whenever the script is called it *renders* the .mp3 instead of passing the data.

Do I need to do something similar to your script to make this work properly?
Peter Bengtsson
I doubt that it *renders* the mp3 file. Perhaps you mean that it starts playing or something. There's a solution to that, set the Content-Type to something like "application/octet-stream"

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