[Python-Dev] Hey! who changed sys.platform?!

Guido van Rossum guido@python.org
Fri, 30 Jun 2000 18:14:05 -0500

> Not that I hope to override the heavy -1, but I don't agree with the second
> point.  It embodies a huge amount of knowledge that is needed to write
> portable code.  As such, IMO, it _does_ belong in the standard library.  How
> is it different in its nature from sys.platform, which is only a much weaker
> version of the same concept?

A more subtle way of stating my opinion could be: if we were to do
something in the standard distribution about the problems that this is
addressing, I think we would do it in a much more direct fashion,
e.g. by making the appropriate enquiry functions directly accessible.

--Guido van Rossum (home page: http://www.python.org/~guido/)