[Python-Dev] file() or open()?

Greg Ewing greg at cosc.canterbury.ac.nz
Wed Jul 7 05:36:09 CEST 2004


> I'm not sure I agree with this.  While open() and file() are currently
> aliases for the same object, this may not always be the case

If you want to keep this possibility available, it might be a good
idea to mention it in the docs. Currently, open() is described as just
"an alias for the file() function", suggesting that file() is the one
you're meant to use, or at least that there's no particular reason not
to use it.

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