John Skaller wrote:
def has_symlinks(): global has_symlinks import os if hasattr(os, "symlink"): has_symlinks = true return 1 else: has_symlinks = false return 0
Obviously, this does not work. It tests if there is
a symlinks attribute in os, not what should be tested:
1) if there is an attribute symlinks, it works according to spec 2) if there is not, then the os doesn't support symlinks
To perform (1) would require actually creating some symlinks, and seeing if they 'worked'. This is what autoconf does;
No. If it is there, then it should work. If it doesn't, then ask Guido what he'd like to do. His answer will be one of:
1) it should be removed for that platform 2) it will stay; test sys.platform to determine whether it will work.
There is no reason for anything to code defensively against the standard distribution library. There is no need to second-guess all of its modules and functions.
[trimming the rest of this email note]
Can you send around a URL to the interscript online doc? And when you refer to it, could you please cite a more specific reference? Call it a character flaw, but I'm not going to just blindly go read a bunch of doc. A concrete reference helps (me, at least) provide some focus/structure to why I'm there reading the thing in the first place.
-- Greg Stein, http://www.lyra.org/