[Python-Dev] Patch for an initial support of bytes filename in Python3

Guido van Rossum guido at python.org
Wed Oct 1 16:15:02 CEST 2008

On Wed, Oct 1, 2008 at 1:05 AM, Simon Cross
<hodgestar+pythondev at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Wed, Oct 1, 2008 at 12:04 AM, Guido van Rossum <guido at python.org> wrote:
>> Plus, even on Linux Unicode is *usually* what you should be doing,
>> unless you're writing a backup tool.
> I still find this line of reasoning a bit worrying. Imagine an end
> user application like a music player. The user discovers that he can't
> see some .mp3 or .ogg file from the music player that is visibile is
> the file manager. I would expect him to file a bug on the music
> player. If the bug was closed with "fix the filename" I imagine the
> user would respond with "but other programs can access it just fine".

I see nothing wrong with this scenario. If undecodable filenames are a
common thing then the authors of the music player should be using the
bytes variant of the API, and if they get enough bugs like this they
will fix their code to do so. OTOH if this is not common the response
"rename the file" is totally reasonable -- you have to prioritize your
bugs or else you'll never get any software released, and the
occasional work-around is a given.

--Guido van Rossum (home page: http://www.python.org/~guido/)

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