[Tutor] ctypes question

ALAN GAULD alan.gauld at btinternet.com
Tue Mar 8 10:09:45 CET 2011

> When I use os.chdir (by the way: why on earth isn't this called os.setcwd()?? 
> That's consistent with os.getcwd()) 

They are Unix commands (and possibly Multics/PDP before that!).
cd has been the command in almost every CLI OS I've ever used from 
CP/M thru' OS/9, Unix, DOS,  etc...

The only exceptions being VAX/VMS(uses 'set def') and OS/390 on 
a mainframe which doesn't use a directory based file system.

That doesn't mean Python shouldn't adopt a more consistent naming 
scheme it's just that the folks building it simply transferred the names 
of the commands that they were familiar with. Its a self perpetuating
habit... :-)

Alan G.
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