[Python-Dev] Bytes path support

Oleg Broytman phd at phdru.name
Sat Aug 23 00:21:18 CEST 2014

On Fri, Aug 22, 2014 at 11:53:01AM -0700, Chris Barker <chris.barker at noaa.gov> wrote:
> Back in the day, paths were "just strings", and that worked OK with
> py2 strings, because you could put arbitrary bytes in them. But the "py2
> strings were perfect" folks seem to not acknowledge that while they are
> nice for matching the posix filename model, they were a pain in the neck
> when you needed to do somethign else like write them in to a JSON file or
> something.

   This is the core of the problem. Python2 favors Unix model but
Windows people pays the price. Python3 reverses that and I'm still
thinking if I want to pay the new price.

> So will using a surrogate-escape error handling with pathlib make all this
> just work?

   I'm involved in developing and maintaining a few big commercial
projects that will hardly be ported to Python3. So I'm stuck with
Python2 for many years and I haven't tried Python3. May be I should try
a small personal project, but certainly not this year. May be the next

     Oleg Broytman            http://phdru.name/            phd at phdru.name
           Programmers don't die, they just GOSUB without RETURN.

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