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Date 2012-04-23.13:58:38
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Thanks for relaunching this!

> I'm not sure I understand why this was moved to shutil.open. It seems appropriate to try to accomplish what
> os.startfile() does in a cross-platform way. Don't many of the other os.* calls do this--check os.name and
> then "do the right thing".
They don’t.  The os module is a thin wrapper on top of system functions.  Cross-platform compat is not achieved with os.name checks but with platform-specific code in the C files.  As Windows provides a call named startfile, it is exposed.  When we want to provide a higher-level API on top of system calls, we use other modules such as shutil.

> fix minor shutil.disk_usage() doctext typo
Would you report this on another bug report or simply with a mail to the docs@python.org mailing list?  Thanks.

> Name changed from shutil.open to shutil.launch due to namespace conflict with open() builtin within the shutil
> module and for users that do from shutil import *
I don’t think these are good arguments.  A lot of modules expose a function named open: tarfile, codecs, tokenize...  Python has namespaces, let’s use them.  The argument about import * is not strong either in my opinion, because all our docs recommend against this idiom.

One argument against open is that the other open functions I mention above return a file object, like the builtin open.  With this in mind I agree that a better name should be found.  I dislike launch though because it brings to my mind the idea of running/executing a program, not opening it in the appropriate program.
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