Python doesn't see the directories I create

Lawrence D'Oliveiro ldo at geek-central.gen.new_zealand
Fri Aug 31 02:52:57 CEST 2007


In message <slrnfddha0.1o4.horpner at FIAD06.norwich.edu>, Neil Cerutti wrote:

> Keeping in mind which came first, isn't it at least as accurate
> to attribute this problem to Python's choice of escape character?

No, it's Microsoft's fault. The use of backslash as an escape character goes
back to Unix systems in the early 1970s--long before Microsoft came on the
scene.

When Microsoft introduced MS-DOS 1.0 in 1981, it didn't have directory
hierarchies. Commands used the slash character to delimit options. Then
when MS-DOS 2.0 introduced subdirectories in 1983, they decided they
couldn't use the slash as the path separator, so they used the backslash
instead. That has been a source of confusion ever since then.



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