[Python-Dev] Path object design

Jonathan Lange jml at mumak.net
Wed Nov 1 12:57:43 CET 2006

On 11/1/06, Georg Brandl <g.brandl at gmx.net> wrote:
> glyph at divmod.com wrote:
> > On 03:14 am, sluggoster at gmail.com wrote:
> >
> >  >One thing is sure -- we urgently need something better than os.path.
> >  >It functions well but it makes hard-to-read and unpythonic code.
> >
> > I'm not so sure.  The need is not any more "urgent" today than it was 5
> > years ago, when os.path was equally "unpythonic" and unreadable.  The
> > problem is real but there is absolutely no reason to hurry to a
> > premature solution.
> >
> > I've already recommended Twisted's twisted.python.filepath module as a
> > possible basis for the implementation of this feature.  I'm sorry I
> > don't have the time to pursue that.  I'm also sad that nobody else seems
> > to have noticed.  Twisted's implemenation has an advantage that it
> > doesn't seem that these new proposals do, an advantage I would really
> > like to see in whatever gets seriously considered for adoption:
> Looking at
> <http://twistedmatrix.com/documents/current/api/twisted.python.filepath.FilePath.html>,
> it seems as if FilePath was made to serve a different purpose than what we're
> trying to discuss here:
> """
> I am a path on the filesystem that only permits 'downwards' access.
> Instantiate me with a pathname (for example,
> FilePath('/home/myuser/public_html')) and I will attempt to only provide access
> to files which reside inside that path. [...]
> The correct way to use me is to instantiate me, and then do ALL filesystem
> access through me.
> """
> What a successor to os.path needs is not security, it's a better (more pythonic,
> if you like) interface to the old functionality.

Then let us discuss that. Is FilePath actually a better interface to
the old functionality? Even if it was designed to solve a security
problem, it might prove to be an extremely useful general interface.


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