[Python-Dev] Proposal to revert r54204 (splitext change)

Mike Klaas mike.klaas at gmail.com
Thu Mar 15 23:09:04 CET 2007

On 3/15/07, Mike Krell <mbk.lists at gmail.com> wrote:

> Here is a point of confusion.  Bear in mind I'm running this under
> windows, so explorer happily reports that ".emacs" has a type of
> "emacs".  (In windows, file types are registered in the system based
> on the extension -- all the characters following the last dot.  An
> unregistered extension is listed as its own type.  Thus files ending
> in .txt are listed as type "Text Document", but files ending in
> ".emacs" are listed as type "emacs" because it's an unregistered
> extension.)

Unix-derived files prepended with a dot (like .emacs) are not meant to
be interpreted as a "file type".  It may be useful on occasion when
using windows, but it certainly is not the intent of a dotfile.

The following files reside in my /tmp:

...which are certainly not all unnamed files of different type.

> I often sort files in the explorer based on type, and I want a file
> and all its backups to appear next to each other in such a sorted
> list.  That's exactly why I rename the files the way I do.
> Thus, ".1.emacs" is what I want, and ".emacs.1" is a markedly inferior
> and unacceptable alternative.  That's what I'm referring to by
> extension preservation.

Unacceptable?  You code fails in (ISTM) the more common case of an
extensionless file.


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