[Python-Dev] Path PEP and the division operator

Nick Coghlan ncoghlan at gmail.com
Sun Feb 5 02:26:19 CET 2006

Duncan Booth wrote:
> I'm not convinced by the rationale given why atime,ctime,mtime and size are 
> methods rather than properties but I do find this PEP much more agreeable 
> than the last time I looked at it.

A better rationale for doing it is that all of them may raise IOException. 
It's rude for properties to do that, so it's better to make them methods instead.

That was a general guideline that came up the first time adding Path was 
proposed - if the functionality involved querying or manipulating the actual 
filesystem (and therefore potentially raising IOError), then it should be a 
method. If the operation related solely to the string representation, then it 
could be a property.


Nick Coghlan   |   ncoghlan at gmail.com   |   Brisbane, Australia

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