[Python-Dev] str object going in Py3K

Guido van Rossum guido at python.org
Fri Feb 17 05:44:43 CET 2006

On 2/16/06, M.-A. Lemburg <mal at egenix.com> wrote:
> What will be the explicit way to open a file in bytes mode
> and in text mode (I for one would like to move away from
> open() completely as well) ?
> Will we have a single file type with two different modes
> or two different types ?

I'm currently thinking of an I/O stack somewhat like Java's. At the
bottom there's a class that lets you do raw unbuffered reads and
writes (and seek/tell) on binary files using bytes arrays. We can
layer onto this buffering, text encoding/decoding, and more. (Windows
CRLF<->LF conversion is also an encoding of sorts).

Years ago I wrote a prototype; checkout sandbox/sio/.

--Guido van Rossum (home page: http://www.python.org/~guido/)

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