[Python-Dev] pathlib - current status of discussions

Michael Mysinger cybersol at yahoo.com
Wed Apr 13 01:37:01 EDT 2016

Ethan Furman <ethan <at> stoneleaf.us> writes:
> Do we allow bytes to be returned from os.fspath()?  If yes, then do we 
> allow bytes from __fspath__()?

De-lurking. Especially since the ultimate goal is better interoperability, I 
feel like an implementation that people can play with would help guide the 
few remaining decisions. To help test the various options you could 
temporarily add a _allow_bytes=GLOBAL_CONFIG_OPTION default argument to both 
pathlib.__fspath__() and os.fspath(), with distinct configurable defaults for 

In the spirit of Python 3 I feel like bytes might not be needed in practice, 
but something like this with defaults of False will allow people to easily 
test all the various options.

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