PEP on path module for standard library

Peter Hansen peter at
Sat Jul 23 16:23:11 CEST 2005

George Sakkis wrote:
> "Andrew Dalke" <dalke at> wrote:
>>I think that the string representation of a path is so important that
>>it *is* the path.
> There are (at least) two frequently used path string representations, 
 > the absolute and the relative to the working directory. Which one
 > *is* the path ? Depending on the application, one of them woud
> be more natural choice than the other.

Sorry, George, but that's now how it works.

Whether using the regular string-based Python paths or the new path 
module, a path *is* either absolute or relative, but cannot be both at 
the same time.

This is therefore not an issue of "representation" but one of state.


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