Guido van Rossum
Wed, 14 Aug 2002 10:58:32 -0400
> guido wrote:
> > 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.
> fwiw, it would probably be even easier to use/explain if it
> used a mode string.
The [Named]TemporaryFile() functions do that. mkstemp() returns a
OS-level file desccriptor. I guess the 'binary' flag is coming from
Windows thinking, where you have to add os.O_BINARY to the open()
flags for binary mode.
I'll change mkstemp() to having a text=False argument instead.
--Guido van Rossum (home page: http://www.python.org/~guido/)