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Author gregory.p.smith
Recipients Trundle, abacabadabacaba, benhoyt, brian.curtin, christian.heimes, eric.araujo, giampaolo.rodola, gregory.p.smith, loewis, ncoghlan, neologix, nvetoshkin, pitrou, rhettinger, serhiy.storchaka, socketpair, terry.reedy, tim.golden, torsten, twouters, vstinner
Date 2013-05-06.18:07:11
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Actually I'm thinking this duck may only have a beak. Instead of a bunch of
fields of None I'd prefer just not having that attribute defined on the
object. I consider the os specific "stat-like" info from reading a
directory to be so os specific that i'd rather not let someone be confused
by it if it were to be returned up to a higher level caller. It's not a
On May 6, 2013 2:36 AM, "Charles-François Natali" <>

> Charles-François Natali added the comment:
> > I don't think that's true in general, or true of how other Python APIs
> work. For instance, many APIs return a "file-like object", and you can only
> do certain things on that object, depending on what the documentation says,
> or what EAFP gets you. Some file-like object don't support seek/tell, some
> don't support close, etc. I've seen plenty of walk-like-a-duck checks like
> this:
> Yes, I'm fully aware duck-typing ;-)
> But here, you're saying that "a duck has a beak, but it *may* have
> legs, a tail, etc".
> It's just looks wrong to me on so many levels.
> Please bring this up on python-dev.
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