[Python-Dev] Remaining decisions on PEP 471 -- os.scandir()

Victor Stinner victor.stinner at gmail.com
Mon Jul 14 10:25:48 CEST 2014

2014-07-14 4:17 GMT+02:00 Nick Coghlan <ncoghlan at gmail.com>:
> Or the ever popular symlink to "." (or a directory higher in the tree).

"." and ".." are explicitly ignored by os.listdir() an os.scandir().

> I think os.walk() is a good source of inspiration here: call the flag
> "followlink" and default it to False.

IMO the specific function os.walk() is not a good example. It includes
symlinks to directories in the dirs list and then it does not follow
symlink, it is a recursive function and has a followlinks optional
parameter (default: False).

Moreover, in 92% of cases, functions using os.listdir() and
os.path.isdir() *follow* symlinks:


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