[New-bugs-announce] [issue8869] execfile does not work with UNC paths

stier08 report at bugs.python.org
Tue Jun 1 16:40:38 CEST 2010

New submission from stier08 <stier08 at gmail.com>:

execfile() builtin function does not work with UNC paths on Windows platform (Windows 7 x64 has been tested, python 2.6.5)

Since standard IO operations successfully process UNC paths, therefore this behavior of execfile() seems to be a bug.

Code to reproduce (assuming drive c: is present and you have rw permissions)
>>> a=u'\\\\?\\c:\\a.py'
>>> open(a,"w").write("print 'hellow'") # successful write to UNC file 
>>> file(a).read() # successful read from UNC file 
"print 'hellow'"
>>> execfile(a) # ERROR
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "<stdin>", line 1, in <module>
IOError: [Errno 2] No such file or directory: '\\\\?\\c:\\a.py'

See description of UNC naming convention
at msdn http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa365247(VS.85).aspx
at wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Path_(computing)#Uniform_Naming_Convention

components: Unicode, Windows
messages: 106841
nosy: stier08
priority: normal
severity: normal
status: open
title: execfile does not work with UNC paths
type: behavior
versions: Python 2.6

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