[Python-Dev] Is Py_WIN_WIDE_FILENAMES still alive?

Mark Hammond mhammond at skippinet.com.au
Mon Apr 28 06:41:18 CEST 2008

> Hello. I noticed when I removes following line in trunk/PC/pyconfig.h
> _fileio.c and posixmodule.c (and maybe more) cannot be compiled on
> Windows.
> When Py_WIN_WIDE_FILENAMES is not defined, how should python behave?
>   - call posix functions like open(2)
>   - call ANSI Win32 APIs like MoveFileA
> Or maybe this macro is not used anymore?

I believe the macro should be removed, as Python currently assumes Unicode
APIs are available in a number of places.  This consistent with the versions
of Windows Python currently supports.  It is possible that patches would be
accepted which enable Python to be built without this functionality - in
which case the next-best behavior would probably be to convert Unicode to
MBCS encoded strings and call the *A versions of the API.  Looking at the
history for posixmodule.c etc will offer some clues as to how this could
best be done.



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