[New-bugs-announce] [issue12577] Misleading shutil.move docs regarding when os.rename is used
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New submission from Catalin Iacob <iacobcatalin at gmail.com>:
I recently tried to answer the question: "When moving a file to a destination that is an already existing file, is the destination overwritten?"
>From the current docs I understood that if src and dst are on the same filesystem then os.rename is used, if they are on different filesystems then copy + remove is used instead. Since os.rename fails on Windows if the destination exists I concluded that shutil.move would fail on Windows and overwrite dst on Unix.
assignee: docs at python
nosy: catalin.iacob, docs at python
title: Misleading shutil.move docs regarding when os.rename is used
versions: Python 2.7, Python 3.2, Python 3.3
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