[Python-Dev] pathlib - current status of discussions

Random832 random832 at fastmail.us
Wed Apr 13 19:55:32 EDT 2016

On Apr 13, 2016 19:06, Brett Cannon <brett at python.org> wrote:
> On Wed, 13 Apr 2016 at 15:46 Nikolaus Rath <Nikolaus at rath.org> wrote:
>> When passing an object that is of type str and has a __fspath__
>> attribute, all approaches return the value of __fspath__().
>> However, when passing something of type bytes, the second approach
>> returns the object, while the third returns the value of __fspath__().
>> Is this intentional? I think a __fspath__ attribute should always be
>> preferred.
> It's very much intentional. If we define __fspath__() to only return strings but still want to minimize boilerplate of allowing bytes to simply pass through without checking a path argument to see if it is bytes then approach #2 is warranted. But if __fspath__() can return bytes then approach #3 allows for it. 

Er, the difference comes in when the object passed to os.fspath is a subclass of bytes that, itself, has a __fspath__ method (which may return a str). It's unlikely to occur in the wild, but is a semantic difference between this case and all other objects with __fspath__ methods.

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