[docs] [issue23747] platform module exposes win32_ver function on posix systems

Anand B Pillai report at bugs.python.org
Mon Mar 23 10:36:00 CET 2015

Anand B Pillai added the comment:

Similarly for mac_ver, java_ver etc.

>>> platform.mac_ver()
('', ('', '', ''), '')
>>> platform.java_ver()
('', '', ('', '', ''), ('', '', ''))

Maybe it is okay if these functions are present, but can't they raise an exception or return None instead of returning these funny tuples when empty strings ?

I am surprised at Python's inconsistency in such things. For example,

>>> import winsound
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "<stdin>", line 1, in <module>
ImportError: No module named 'winsound'

Works as expected on Linux. In the same vein, these functions shouldn't be present as well IMHO - I agree this is debatable of course.


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