[New-bugs-announce] [issue28138] Windows _sys.path file should allow import site

Steve Dower report at bugs.python.org
Tue Sep 13 17:11:22 EDT 2016

New submission from Steve Dower:

Windows's _sys.path file (being renamed from sys.path in b1) currently disable the initial "import site; site.main()" call. However, there are legitimate cases where you may want to opt-in to this while still controlling the search paths.

We should support "import site" as a line in this file that indicates that Py_NoSite should *not* be set. We deliberately do not want arbitrary code execution from this file - there's a reason it's '.path' and not '.pth'

(While I or someone else is here, we should also handle blank lines and lines starting with '#' specially, so that files can be formatted more nicely.)

assignee: steve.dower
components: Windows
messages: 276344
nosy: paul.moore, steve.dower, tim.golden, zach.ware
priority: normal
severity: normal
stage: needs patch
status: open
title: Windows _sys.path file should allow import site
type: behavior
versions: Python 3.6, Python 3.7

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