uname -s question

Jason Tishler Jason.Tishler@dothill.com
Thu Feb 22 12:21:00 GMT 2001

On Thu, Feb 22, 2001 at 01:01:38PM -0500, Christopher Faylor wrote:
> On Thu, Feb 22, 2001 at 12:09:33PM -0500, Jason Tishler wrote:
> >Does anyone use the information, that starts with the "_" in "uname -s"?
> >For example on NT 4.0, I'm referring to the "_NT-4.0".
> [snip]
> I don't see why this is necessary.  It comes up repeatedly and the
> extremely simple solution is to match on CYGWIN*.  Many other systems
> use this convention.  For instance, look at gdb's configure.in or
> configure.tgt script.  There is a 'hpux*' and a 'solaris*'.

A Python developer was proposing changing sys.platform under Cygwin to


instead of the current value of


Which would enable constructs like the following to work:

    if sys.platform in ['cygwin', 'linux']:
        # ...

I just figured that it was worth asking to "fix" this at the source
before they went ahead with their higher-level change.

> The information *could* potentially be important.  Cygwin running on
> NT is not the same thing as Cygwin running on 95.

Agreed -- which is why I felt squeamish even bringing this up.


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