[Python-Dev] When should pathlib stop being provisional?

Paul Moore p.f.moore at gmail.com
Wed Apr 6 07:03:29 EDT 2016

On 6 April 2016 at 00:45, Guido van Rossum <guido at python.org> wrote:
> This does sound like it's the crucial issue, and it is worth writing
> up clearly the pros and cons. Let's draft those lists in a thread
> (this one's fine) and then add them to the PEP. We can then decide to:
> - keep the status quo
> - change PurePath to inherit from str
> - decide it's never going to be settled and kill pathlib.py
> (And yes, I'm dead serious about the latter, rather Solomonic option.)

By the way, even if there's no solution that satisfies everyone to the
"inherit from str" question, I'd still be unhappy if pathlib
disappeared from the stdlib. It's useful for quick admin scripts that
don't justify an external dependency. Those typically do quite a bit
of path manipulation, and as such benefit from the improved API of
pathlib over os.path.

+1 on making (and documenting) a final decision on the "inherit from
str" question
-1 on removing pathlib just because that decision might not satisfy everyone


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