[Python-Dev] shellwords

Eric S. Raymond esr@thyrsus.com
Wed, 16 Apr 2003 12:11:23 -0400

Fred L. Drake, Jr. <fdrake@acm.org>:
> Gustavo Niemeyer writes:
>  > Ok, I'll check if there's an easy way to "turn" shlex into shellwords.
> Is there any real objection to simply fixing shlex to get it right?
> I'm guessing that the divergence from shell quoting was more a matter
> of implementation expedience and a feeling that it was "good enough"
> for whatever original application it was written for.

That is correct.  I originally wrote shlex as the parser logic for a .netrc 
module.  I would have no intrinsic objection to having this behavior fixed,
though there is of course the general problem of how much we value not 
breaking old code.
		<a href="http://www.catb.org/~esr/">Eric S. Raymond</a>