What's Going on between Python and win7?

Steven D'Aprano steven at REMOVE.THIS.cybersource.com.au
Wed Feb 24 02:31:47 CET 2010

On Tue, 23 Feb 2010 09:34:00 -0500, Jerry Hill wrote:

> On Mon, Feb 22, 2010 at 8:25 PM, W. eWatson <wolftracks at invalid.com>
> wrote:
>> So what's the bottom line? This link notion is completely at odds with
>> XP, and produces what I would call something of a mess to the unwary
>> Python/W7 user. Is there a simple solution?
> I know people went off on a tangent talking about symbolic links and
> hard links, but it is extremely unlikely that you created something like
> that by accident.  Windows just doesn't create those without you doing
> quite a bit of extra work.  It certainly doesn't create them when you
> drag & drop files around through the normal interface.

I find it far more likely that Windows 7 makes it easy for the user to 
accidentally produce links rather than copies, rather than that Python 
suddenly has developed a bug where it opens a completely different file 
to the one you ask for.

But more likely still is some confusion regarding paths.


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