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

Antoine Pitrou solipsis at pitrou.net
Wed Apr 22 20:44:40 CEST 2009

Dirkjan Ochtman <dirkjan <at> ochtman.nl> writes:
> 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.

bytes-based APIs are certainly more bullet-proof under Unix, but it's the
reverse under Windows. Martin's proposal aims to bridge the gap and propose
something that makes text-based APIs as bullet-proof under Unix as they already
are under Windows.



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