[Python-Dev] PEP 383: Non-decodable Bytes in System Character Interfaces

Benjamin Peterson benjamin at python.org
Wed Apr 22 20:29:22 CEST 2009

2009/4/22 Dirkjan Ochtman <dirkjan at ochtman.nl>:
> On 22/04/2009 14:20, glyph at divmod.com wrote:
>> -1. On UNIX, character data is not sufficient to represent paths. We
>> must, must, must continue to have a simple bytes interface to these
>> APIs. Covering it up in layers of obscure encoding hacks will not make
>> the problem go away, it will just make it harder to understand.
> As a hg developer, I have to concur. Keeping bytes-based APIs intact would
> make porting hg to py3k much, much easier. You may be able to imagine that
> dealing with paths correctly cross-platform on a VCS is a major PITA, and
> py3k is currently not helping the situation.

You're concerns are valid, but I don't see anything in the PEP about
removing the bytes APIs.


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