[Python-Dev] Path PEP: some comments (equality)

Greg Ewing greg.ewing at canterbury.ac.nz
Thu Feb 23 05:27:28 CET 2006

Mark Mc Mahon wrote:

> Should the path class implement an __eq__ method that might do some of
> the following things:
>  - Get the absolute path of both self and the other path

I don't think that any path operations should implicitly
touch the file system like this. The paths may not
represent real files or may be for a system other than
the one the program is running on.

>  - normcase both

Not sure about this one either. When dealing with remote
file systems, it can be hard to know whether a path will
be interpreted as case-sensitive or not. This can be a
problem even with local filesystems, e.g. on MacOSX
where you can have both HFS (case-insensitive) and
Unix (case-sensitive) filesystems mounted.

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