IronPython 1.0 - Bugs or Features?

Robin Becker robin at reportlab.com
Wed Sep 6 18:31:03 CEST 2006


Claudio Grondi wrote:
> 
> Another problem with IronPython where CPython 2.4.2 runs ok was while I 
> was trying to do:
>    f = file(r'\\.\PhysicalDrive0', 'rb')
> getting "ValueError: FileStream will not open Win32 devices such as disk 
> partitions and tape drives. Avoid use of "\\.\" in the path."
> Here the same - I am not sure if it is a bug or a feature.
> 
> Can someone knowledgeable elaborate on it a bit please?
I guess it's M$ being overprotective. Certainly it works in CPython as expected,

 >>> f = file(r'\\.\PhysicalDrive0', 'rb')
 >>> f
<open file '\\.\PhysicalDrive0', mode 'rb' at 0x01292650>

I have used similar to get boot sectors etc, but then did you really think Bill 
would let us play with our own hardware?  Just wait till DRM gets here.
-- 
Robin Becker




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