[Python-Dev] Bytes path support

Guido van Rossum guido at python.org
Tue Aug 19 19:02:32 CEST 2014

The official policy is that we want them to go away, but reality so far has
not budged. We will continue to hold our breath though. :-)

On Tue, Aug 19, 2014 at 1:37 AM, Serhiy Storchaka <storchaka at gmail.com>

> Builting open(), io classes, os and os.path functions and some other
> functions in the stdlib support bytes paths as well as str paths. But many
> functions doesn't. There are requests about adding this support ([1], [2])
> in some modules. It is easy (just call os.fsdecode() on argument) but I'm
> not sure it is worth to do. Pathlib doesn't support bytes path and it looks
> intentional. What is general policy about support of bytes path in the
> stdlib?
> [1] http://bugs.python.org/issue19997
> [2] http://bugs.python.org/issue20797
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