Python function chmod to change permission

I naively tried the function chmod from the standard python module called os to change the permission of a file:

os.chmod(filename, 644)

Checking in the unix command line (ls -l), I got an unexpected result:


I expected indeed a read-write permission and then 2 read-only. In Python 2.X, you must set the second argument (the mode) to 0644 (note the 0)

os.chmod(filename, 0644)

In Python 3.X, this statement becomes:

os.chmod(filename, 0o644)

and now, we get the expected answer.


Therefore the mode should be in octal form!! Not obvious from the documentation:

In [5]: os.chmod?
Type:       builtin_function_or_method
String Form:<built-in function chmod>
chmod(path, mode)
Change the access permissions of a file.
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