[Chicago] Windows end-of-line and Python

Fawad Halim fawad at fawad.net
Thu Mar 3 03:21:05 CET 2011

It seems extremely unlikely that Python would not like \r\n in source code.
Have you tried reducing the problem to a simple case? The Python Language
Reference says that any of the platform line separators can be used for


On Sat, Feb 19, 2011 at 6:22 PM, Jonathan Hayward <
jonathan.hayward at pobox.com> wrote:

> Today I was visiting with a friend and installing OSS on his computer. On
> an x86_64 Windows 7 box, he had already installed Apache, and I installed
> Python with a python.org installer. I opened up Notepad and created a
> "Hello world" Python CGI script, put it in the cgi-bin directory, saw it
> crash, and looked in the logs.
> The log message complained that I had tried to "import cgi\r": in other
> words, Python on Windows was choking because the file I made in Notepad used
> "\r\n" for line breaks. (The equivalent script made with vim, and presumably
> "\n" for line breaks worked predictably.)
> Isn't it a defect/design flaw for Python on Windows to choke on
> "\r\n"-separated files? Should I file a bug, or is this a side effect of
> decisions that are now non-negotiable? (I wasn't thrilled, after trying to
> sell my friend on the idea that Python is a good language with a low barrier
> to entry, to find that it choked on a Notepad-edited "Hello world!" CGI
> script.)
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