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This is one of the things that makes it hard for me to let go of Python, even though my programming style is evolving more towards functional languages: I've become very spoiled and take for granted a lot of the peripheral sanity and general well-behavedness that Python has, certainly in the unix environment.

Every other language or language implementation that I encounter seems to end up having an "oh god no" surprise or three hiding not-very-deep beneath the surface. Let's not even talk about ruby.

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