[Python-Dev] Simplify the file-like-object interface (Replacement for print in Python 3.0)

Paul Moore p.f.moore at gmail.com
Tue Sep 6 14:49:45 CEST 2005

On 9/6/05, Fredrik Lundh <fredrik at pythonware.com> wrote:
> Greg Ewing wrote:
> > While we're on the subject, in Py3k I'd like to see
> > readline(), readlines(), etc. removed from file objects
> > and made builtin functions instead. It should only
> > be necessary to implement read() and write() to get
> > a file-like object having equal status with all
> > others.
> maybe some variation of
>    http://www.python.org/peps/pep-0246.html
> combined with "default adapters" could come in handy here ?

That sounds like a good idea. I'm certainly getting concerned about
the proliferation of methods that people "should" add to file-like
objects, where read/write are the only fundamental ones needed.

I can't see mixins working, as too many file-like objects are written in C...


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