[IronPython] What is a good way to determine OS platform with IronPython?

Doug Blank doug.blank at gmail.com
Tue Jan 11 01:44:25 CET 2011

> Doug wrote:
>> > On Mon, Jan 10, 2011 at 3:37 PM, Douglas Blank <dblank at brynmawr.edu>
>> > wrote:
>> >> Now that IronPython runs on other operating systems, what is the
>> >> recommended way to determine the os when running IP?
>> >
>> > `os.name` is probably what you want. There was some discussion on
>> > python-dev about a module (or extension to sys?) that would have a lot
>> > more information, but I can't remember what it was going to be called.
>> Thanks. FYI, under Mono:
>> IP on mac: os.name == 'posix'
>> IP on linux: os.name == 'posix'
>> IP on windows 7: os.name == 'nt'
>> I'll have to figure out a different way to distinguish between mac and
>> linux.
>> Even sys.getwindowsversion() gives a platform of 4 for Mac and Linux
>> under
>> Mono.
> Another option is to import System and then System.Environment.OSVersion
> should have detailed information.  The Platform attribute would give you a
> difference between Unix and Mac OS/X and depending on what Mono does
> w/ the value you might get a useful ToString on the OperatingSystem object
> its self.

Yes, I tried that too. Unfortunately, Mono gives System.PlatformID.Unix
for both Mac and Linux.

There is some ugly code here that could do the job:


but maybe I'll rethink whether I even really need to know...


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