PEP on path module for standard library

Stefan Rank stefan.rank at
Fri Jul 22 17:01:53 CEST 2005

on 22.07.2005 16:14 George Sakkis said the following:
> "Duncan Booth" <duncan.booth at invalid.invalid> wrote:
>>Personally I think the concept of a specific path type is a good one, but
>>subclassing string just cries out to me as the wrong thing to do. In other
>>words, to me a path represents something in a filesystem, the fact that it
>>has one, or indeed several string representations does not mean that the
>>path itself is simply a more specific type of string.
> practicality-vs-purity decision. You're right, conceptually a path
> HAS_A string description, not IS_A string, so from a pure OO point of
> view, it should not inherit string.

Java has `File` which mixes the concepts "an object in the filesystem" 
and "a structured locator for such objects (in a hierarchical fs) that 
might or might not correspond to an object that is actually there".

`file` and `path` separate that. I think this is very reasonable.

(It would be nice to get `path`(s) easily from a `file`, at the moment 
there is only if I'm not mistaken).

And a `path`, to me, actually IS_A string (unicode string) that happens 
to have special behaviour (such as os dependent quirks like a 
pathseparator that automatically get translated, comparable to '\n' used 
internally in strings translated to '\n'|'\r\n')


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