[Pythonmac-SIG] Re: Where to put data
Russell E. Owen
rowen at cesmail.net
Tue Dec 21 21:17:37 CET 2004
In article <3479352C-5364-11D9-9C37-000D933C27EA at conncoll.edu>,
Charles Hartman <charles.hartman at conncoll.edu> wrote:
>...a file of data...which will grow and change as the app is used; when
> app terminates the data ought to be saved with it for next time. In
> this case I don't want users fiddling with it apart from the app.
> What is the right way to do this? (What's the easy way?) Is there a
> simple method that will work for both Mac and Windows (and Linux)?
I suggest you download the RO package
<http://www.astro.washington.edu/rowen/ROPython.html> and look at
Return the user's preferences directory, if found, else None.
For MacOS X this is often:
~/Library/Preferences (with ~ expanded)
For Mac Classic this is often:
For unix this is the user's home directory.
For Windows this is often:
Return one or more application support paths
(starting with user and going to more widely shared),
or  if none found.
For MacOS X this may be:
[~/Library/Application Support, /Library/Application Support]
For Mac Classic this is probably  but I'm not sure.
for unix and Windows this is [getPrefsDir()]
That may help you locate the file, but does not answer how to keep users
from fiddling around with it. It'll be a bit buried on Mac and Unix, but
all-too-visible on unix unless you pre-pend a "." to the name.
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