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

Simon Cross hodgestar+pythondev at gmail.com
Fri Apr 24 11:37:02 CEST 2009

On Fri, Apr 24, 2009 at 11:22 AM, Glenn Linderman <v+python at g.nevcal.com> wrote:
> Oh clearly it is a hack.  The right solution of a Path type (and friends)
> was discarded in earlier discussion, because it would impact too much
> existing code.  The use of bytes would be annoying in the context of py3,
> where things that you want to display are in str (Unicode).  So there is no
> solution that allows the use of str, and the robustness of bytes, and is
> 100% compatible with existing practice. Hence the desire is to find a hack
> that is "good enough".  At least, that is my understanding and synopsis.

What about keeping the bytes interface (utf-8 encoded Unicode on
Windows) and adding a Path type (and friends) interface that mirrors

> (Sorry Simon, but it is still the same thread, anyway.)

Python discussions do seem to womble through a rather large set of
mailing lists and news groups. :)


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