[Python-Dev] deprecate commands.getstatus()

Guido van Rossum guido at python.org
Thu Mar 22 22:22:48 CET 2007

On 3/22/07, Jon Ribbens <jon+python-dev at unequivocal.co.uk> wrote:
> "\"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.

Sure. os.fork() and the os.exec*() family can stay. But os.spawn*(),
that abomination invented by Microsoft? I also hear no opposition
against killign os.system() and os.popen().

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