os.remove & os.rmdir

Padraig Brady padraig.brady at corvil.com
Thu Jan 9 11:08:52 CET 2003


Tim Roberts wrote:
> Padraig Brady <padraig.brady at corvil.com> wrote:
> 
>>Peter Hansen wrote:
>>
>>>Padraig Brady wrote:
>>>
>>>>So, should I do a simple patch?
>>>
>>>Please don't!
>>>
>>>
>>>>Advantages I can see are:
>>>>
>>>>   1. It follows the standard
>>>
>>>Which standard?  This is Python, not C.
>>
>>POSIX and ISO C. Having different functionality than those
>>is confusing I think.
>
> ISO C does not say this.  The spec only says that "remove" deletes a file.
> In response to a request for interpretation, the behavior when a directory
> name is given was officially deemed "unspecified".

Hmm, so POSIX is doing the specifying here?
http://www.opengroup.org/onlinepubs/007904975/functions/remove.html

Trust M$ to be different.
http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/vclib/html/_crt_remove.2c_._wremove.asp

So I guess that means we should explicitly do this in the os module:

   If os.path.isdir(path):
       os.rmdir(path)
   else:
       os.unlink(path)

Pádraig.





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