[Python-Dev] [Python-3000] New proposition for Python3 bytes filename issue

Terry Reedy tjreedy at udel.edu
Tue Sep 30 05:55:09 CEST 2008

> Le Monday 29 September 2008 19:06:01 Guido van Rossum, vous avez écrit :

>> I know I keep flipflopping on this one, but the more I think about it
>> the more I believe it is better to drop those names than to raise an
>> exception. Otherwise a "naive" program that happens to use
>> os.listdir() can be rendered completely useless by a single non-UTF-8
>> filename. Consider the use of os.listdir() by the glob module. If I am
>> globbing for *.py, why should the presence of a file named b'\xff'
>> cause it to fail?

To avoid silent skipping, is it possible to drop 'unreadable' names, 
issue a warning (instead of exception), and continue to completion?
"Warning: unreadable filename skipped; see PyWiki/UnreadableFilenames"

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