python 2.7.12 on Linux behaving differently than on Windows

Paul Moore p.f.moore at
Wed Dec 7 10:02:04 EST 2016

On Tuesday, 6 December 2016 21:44:18 UTC, Gregory Ewing  wrote:
> BartC wrote:
> > But those would be silly.
> > 
> > Some special syntax is known about: | < and > for example. % less so
> What you need to understand is that, to a Unix user,
> * and ? are *just as well known* as |, < and >.

And to Windows users. Just because BartC is proposing a silly distinction between what "Unix users" and "Windows users" expect, doesn't mean there is such a distinction.

Users with limited experience of command line environments may well be unclear about special characters like * ? > < |. It's possibly even true that Windows users as a group are more likely to be unfamiliar with the command line than Unix users (although people using iPads and Android phones are technically "Unix users", so that point isn't as true as you'd expect).

But claiming that special syntax is an issue because people who are unfamiliar with it, are unfamiliar with it, is silly at best, and deliberate trolling at worst.


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