[Python-Dev] urllib.browse() issues

Eric S. Raymond esr@thyrsus.com
Thu, 6 Jul 2000 19:04:10 -0400

Greg Ward <gward@mems-exchange.org>:
> Ooh, that may not work so well because of the need to background X
> browsers.  Ick.

Bingo.  You got it.  That code is a lot smarter than it looks...

>           One could dream up a wild scheme that forks and forks
> and does the backgrounding itself, but what the hell: we're launching a
> big fat hairy *web browser* here, what does it matter if a shell is
> involved to parse the "&"? 

My thinking exactly.  A couple extra parses and forks are nothing.

> Also, the wild variability of "which" across platforms and shells makes
> me wonder if, somewhere out there, there isn't a "which" that fails to
> return true/false on success.  (check check check).  Yes, there is: with
> bash 2.0.3 on Solaris 2.6:

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