[Python-Dev] Updates to PEP 471, the os.scandir() proposal

Victor Stinner victor.stinner at gmail.com
Thu Jul 10 10:37:19 CEST 2014

2014-07-10 9:04 GMT+02:00 Paul Moore <p.f.moore at gmail.com>:
> As someone (Tim?) pointed out later in the thread,
> FindFirstFile/FindNextFile doesn't follow symlinks by default (and nor
> do the dirent entries on Unix). So whether or not it's "natural", the
> "free" functionality provided by the OS is that of lstat, not that of
> stat. Presumably because it's possible to build symlink-following code
> on top of non-following code, but not the other way around.

DirEntry methods will remain free (no syscall) for directories and
regular files. One extra syscall will be needed only for symlinks,
which are more rare than other file types (for example, you wrote "
Windows typically makes little use of symlinks").

See my pseudo-code:

On Windows, _lstat and _stat attributes will be filled directly in the
constructor on Windows for regular files and directories.


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