[Python-Dev] [Python-3000] Patch for an initial support of bytes filename in Python3

Guido van Rossum guido at python.org
Tue Sep 30 18:47:10 CEST 2008

On Tue, Sep 30, 2008 at 8:47 AM, Bill Janssen <janssen at parc.com> wrote:
> Victor Stinner <victor.stinner at haypocalc.com> wrote:
>>  - listdir(unicode) -> only unicode, *skip* invalid filenames
>>    (as asked by Guido)
> Is there an option listdir(bytes) which will return *all* filenames (as
> byte sequences)?  Otherwise, this seems troubling to me; *something*
> should be returned for filenames which can't be represented, even if
> it's only None.

Yes, os.listdir() becomes polymorphic -- if you pass it a pathname in
bytes the output is in bytes and it will return everything exactly as
the underlying syscall returns it to you.

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

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