FCNTL module deprecation warning

Meyer, Tony T.A.Meyer at massey.ac.nz
Wed Jul 16 00:44:30 CEST 2003

Thanks to those that answered the question; I understand the problem
now.  (it's a WinXP system).

> Python natively is case-sensitive.  Windows 9x and later, and
> OS/2 with HPFS file systems, are case-insensitive but 
> case-preserving.  So Python relies on the case preservation 
> when trying to match a filename to a module name.

My question is then why the 2.3b2 Windows binary bothers installing the
FCNTL.py file.  fnctl isn't available on Windows anyway (going by the
docs and that there isn't a fnctl.py file installed).

Shouldn't the correct behaviour be to raise an ImportError if a windows
user tries to import fcntl or FCNTL?  Just like trying to "import mac"
or "import posix"?

The way it is just causes useless warnings to Windows users -
particularly users of httplib :)

=Tony Meyer

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