uname -s question

Norman Vine nhv@cape.com
Sat Feb 24 16:50:00 GMT 2001

Christopher Faylor writes:
>On Sat, Feb 24, 2001 at 07:21:37PM -0500, Norman Vine wrote:
>>Christopher Faylor writes:
>>>>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.
>I was trying to get a handle on why this was a problem.  Judging by
>usages in most of the configure scripts in sources.redhat.com and by
>perl's Configure, the convention for many systems is to refer to the
>system name with a wildcard (e.g., netbsd*), when necessary.
>I was trying to determine why this was not acceptable for Python.

Here is the original comment that led to this question.

> > Looking at the GuessOS helper in the Apache source distribution
> > I'd say that cygwin is completely non-standard in returning
> > version information with uname -s.

Norman Vine

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