platinfo: A small library from getting information on the current platform
This module determines and returns standardized names for platforms, where the “standard” is Trent Mick’s reasoning :) from experience building ActivePython on a fairly large number of platforms.
The driving goal is to provide platform names that are:
- relatively short
- readable (as much as possible making matching the given name to an actually machine self-explanatory)
- be capable enough to produce all names needed to distinguish all platform-specific application builds
- generally safe for usage in filenames
- not ugly (e.g. “MSWin32” is ugly)
A simple usage example:
>>> from platinfo import PlatInfo >>> pi = PlatInfo() >>> pi.os 'macosx' >>> pi.arch 'x86' >>> pi.name() 'macosx-x86'
Currently this has fairly wide OS coverage (Windows, Linux, Mac, Solaris, HP-UX, AIX, OpenBSD).