[Python-Dev] tempfile.py

Guido van Rossum guido@python.org
Wed, 14 Aug 2002 08:59:44 -0400

The mkstemp() function in the rewritten tempfile has an argument with
a curious name and default: binary=True.  This caused confusion (even
the docstring in the original patch was confused :-).  It would be
much easier to explain if this was changed to text=False.  That is, to
deviate from the default mode, i.e. use text mode, you'll have to
write mkstemp(text=True) rather than mkstemp(binary=False).

This might require a few changes to the standard library and to
anybody's code who has aggressively started using this, but given the
freshness of the patch I think that's OK.  If anybody sees a good
reason *not* to do this, please let me know (here or on the SF patch,

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