uname -s question

Norman Vine nhv@cape.com
Sat Feb 24 16:28:00 GMT 2001

Christopher Faylor writes:
>On Thu, Feb 22, 2001 at 03:21:10PM -0500, Jason Tishler wrote:
>>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
>>    cygwin
>>instead of the current value of
>>    cygwin_nt-4.01
>>Which would enable constructs like the following to work:
>>    if sys.platform in ['cygwin', 'linux']:
>>        # ...
>Can't you do something equivalent with regular expressions in python?

Of course, we are doing something 'equivalent' and will contiue todo so.

As Jason states this question originated from a Non-Cygwin using, 
core Python developer who was wondering about some of changes 
that we have been proposing to some 'core' Python utilities in order 
to have a Cygwin compiled Python work 'transparently'. 


Norman Vine

More information about the Cygwin-developers mailing list