more on unescaping escapes

Gabriel Genellina gagsl-py2 at
Tue Feb 24 02:14:42 CET 2009

En Mon, 23 Feb 2009 22:46:34 -0200, bvdp <bob at> escribió:

> Chris Rebert wrote:
>> On Mon, Feb 23, 2009 at 4:26 PM, bvdp <bob at> wrote:
>> [problem with Python and Windows paths using backslashes]
>>  Is there any particular reason you can't just internally use regular
>> forward-slashes for the paths? They work in Windows from Python in
>> nearly all cases and you can easily interconvert using os.pathsep if
>> you want the path to be pretty when you show it to (or get it from)
>> the user or whatever.
> Just because I never really thought too much about it :) I'm doing my  
> work on a linux box and my user is on windows ... and he's used to using  
> '\' ... but, you are absolutely right! Just use '/' on both systems and  
> be done with it. Of course I still need to use \x20 for spaces, but that  
> is easy.

Why is that? "\x20" is exactly the same as " ". It's not like %20 in URLs,  
that becomes a space only after decoding.

py> '\x20' == ' '
py> '\x20' is ' '

(ok, the last line might show False, but being True means that both are  
the very same object)

Gabriel Genellina

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