[Python-Dev] deprecate commands.getstatus()

Jon Ribbens jon+python-dev at unequivocal.co.uk
Thu Mar 22 22:03:24 CET 2007

"\"Martin v. Löwis\"" <martin at v.loewis.de> wrote:
> > And do we even need os.fork(), os.exec*(), os.spawn*()?
> I don't know about about *os*.fork; I surely like to have posix.fork. 
> The posix module exposes many OS functions as-is. This has the
> advantage that their semantics are crystal-clear: they do whatever the
> system call does (which, ideally, is what POSIX specifies for it).
> So you can do systems programming in Python, and only need good
> knowledge of the underlying system calls (i.e. using Python as a
> better C).

I definitely agree. Removing the POSIX system call mappings would make
Python less useful and general-purpose.

Yes it's nice to have high-level utility functions like those in the
subprocess module, but I think it's very important for the low-level
functions to be there too when you need them.

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