[Python-ideas] site.py uses os.sep to determine platform

Alex Walters tritium-list at sdamon.com
Sun Feb 12 07:26:29 EST 2017

On august 7th, 1998, Guido committed
3e893 to python, adding the quit() and exit() built-ins.  He decided to
determine the platform python was running on by checking os.sep.  I don't
understand the rationale behind this choice in 1998, but I assume that there
was one.

It's 2017.  We have sys.platform, and the standard library is tested against
everything that vanilla cpython (unpatched by a vendor) will ever put in

Is there any reason not to change os.sep == '\\' to sys.platform == 'win32'
in 2017?

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