os.symlink()

Diez B. Roggisch deets at nospam.web.de
Mon Jul 28 11:41:20 CEST 2008


Nikolaus Rath wrote:

> Hello,
> 
>>From `pydoc os`:
> 
>     symlink(...)
>         symlink(src, dst)
>         
>         Create a symbolic link pointing to src named dst.
> 
> 
> Is there any reason why this is so deliberately confusing? Why is the
> target of the symlink, the think where it points *to*, called the
> `src`? It seems to me that the names of the parameters should be
> reversed.

I used the command the other day, and didn't feel the slightest confusion.

To me, the process of creating a symlink is like a "virtual copy". Which the
above parameter names reflect perfectly.


Diez



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