[path-PEP] Path inherits from basestring again

Reinhold Birkenfeld reinhold-birkenfeld-nospam at wolke7.net
Mon Jul 25 09:26:44 CEST 2005

Tony Meyer wrote:
> [...]
>> Open issues:
> [...]
>> What about path * 4?
> If you keep the current join meaning of __div__, then assigning any sort of
> multiplication meaning to __mul__ would not be a good idea, IMO.  It's
> natural to expect that __div__ and __mul__ are opposites.  I suppose this
> means that you could make __mul__ mean split (and f(*tuple) does do
> splitting of a sort), but I don't know what splitting by 4 would mean,
> necessarily.

Yes. I think I'll not attach any meaning to it. If used, it will have the same
meaning as string * 4.

> Do people really like using __div__ to mean join?  On the python-dev
> discussion, Just van Rossum spoke out against it, but there weren't (IIRC)
> any other comments, either pro or con.

I'm not too happy with it, too, but do we have alternatives? As paths are strings,
we can hardly override the '+' operator, so there's not much operators left.

Of course, one can use joinwith() if he doesn't like '/'.


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