[path-PEP] Path inherits from basestring again

Robert Kern rkern at ucsd.edu
Sat Jul 23 16:43:00 CEST 2005

Peter Hansen wrote:

> Under Linux isn't it possible to open and read from directories much as 
> with files?

Not really, no.

Python 2.3.4 (#2, Jan  5 2005, 08:24:51)
[GCC 3.3.5 (Debian 1:3.3.5-5)] on linux2
Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information.
 >>> d = open('/usr/bin')
Traceback (most recent call last):
   File "<stdin>", line 1, in ?
IOError: [Errno 21] Is a directory

Robert Kern
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