[Python-Dev] unicode imports

Bob Ippolito bob at redivi.com
Sat Jun 17 08:55:51 CEST 2006

On Jun 16, 2006, at 9:44 PM, Nick Coghlan wrote:

> Bob Ippolito wrote:
>> There's a similar issue in that if sys.prefix contains a colon,  
>> Python is also busted:
>> http://python.org/sf/1507224
>> Of course, that's not a Windows issue, but it is everywhere else.  
>> The offending code in that case is Modules/getpath.c,
> Since it has to do with the definition of Py_GetPath as returning a  
> single string that is really a DELIM separated list of strings,  
> where DELIM is defined by the current platform (';' on Windows, ':'  
> everywhere else), this seems more like a platform problem than a  
> Python problem, though - you can't have directories containing a  
> colon as an entry in PATH or PYTHONPATH either. It's not really  
> Python's fault that the platform defines a legal filename character  
> as the delimiter for path entries.
> The only real alternative I can see is to normalise Py_GetPath to  
> always return a ';' delimited list of strings, regardless of  
> platform, and update PySys_SetPath accordingly. That'd cause  
> potential compatibility problems for embedded interpreters, though.
> I guess we could create a Py_GetPathEx and a PySys_SetPathEx that  
> accepted the delimeters as arguments, and change the call in  
> pythonrun.c from:
>   PySys_SetPath(Py_GetPath())
> to:
>   PySys_SetPathEx(Py_GetPathEx(';'), ';')
> (still an incompatible change, but an easier to manage one since  
> you can easily provide different behavior for earlier versions of  
> Python)

No, that doesn't fix anything at all. The right solution is not to  
provide for a different delimiter, but allow for a list (probably too  
early for PyObject* though) or array of some kind (e.g. int argc,  
char **argv).


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