[Python-Dev] Re: FWD: Re: Problem w/ IDLE on Win2000

Michael Hudson mwh at python.net
Mon Aug 11 12:28:07 EDT 2003

"Tim Peters" <tim.one at comcast.net> writes:

> (*) There the fun begins.  While os.system() spawns a command shell,
>     I don't think spawnv() does.  Which would be a real help here.
>     Win9x use command.com by default, and Windows after that use
>     cmd.exe.  They have have different quoting rules, and cmd.exe
>     actually has two different sets of quoting rules (triggered by
>     an option to cmd.exe, and/or by a registry setting).
>     Still, I haven't tried the program above on a Win2K (etc)
>     system, and somebody should before you get optimistic.  In one
>     of cmd.exe's quoting nightmare modes, whether double quotes
>     get stripped actually depends on the content of the quoted
>     string <arghghghgh>!

And I thought bash was insane <wink> (actually bash quoting *is*
insane -- windows just manages to be worse.  I'm impressed).


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           little one.
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