Per user dirs on Non-Unix platforms (was Re: [Python-Dev] Where to install non-code files)
Guido van Rossum
Sun, 28 May 2000 19:00:39 -0500
> > Modifyable data needs to go in a per-user directory, even on Windows,
> > outside the Python tree.
> Is there a reliable algorithm to find a "per-user" directory on any
> Win95/98/NT/2000 system? On MacOS?
I don't know -- often $HOME is set on Windows. E.g. IDLE uses $HOME
if set and otherwise the current directory.
The Mac doesn't have an environment at all.
> Idea: Wouldn't it be nice if the 'nt' and 'mac' versions of the 'os'
> module would provide 'os.environ["HOME"]' similar to the posix
> version? This would certainly simplify the task of application
> programmers intending to write portable applications.
This sounds like a nice idea...
--Guido van Rossum (home page: http://www.python.org/~guido/)