Per user dirs on Non-Unix platforms (was Re: [Python-Dev] Where to install non-code files)
Fred L. Drake, Jr.
Tue, 30 May 2000 09:10:29 -0700 (PDT)
Gordon McMillan writes:
> From the 10**3 foot view, yes, they have the concept. From
> any closer it falls apart miserably.
So they have the concept, just no implementation. ;) Sounds like
leaving it up to the application to interpret their requirements is
the right thing. Or the right thing is to provide a function to ask
where configuration information should be stored for the
user/application; this would be $HOME under Unix and <whatever> on
Windows. The only other reason I can think of that $HOME is needed is
for navigation purposes (as in a filesystem browser), and for that the
application needs to deal with the lack of the concept in the
operating system as appropriate.
> (An cmd.exe "cd" w/o arg acts like "pwd". I notice that the
> bash shell requires you to set $HOME, and won't make any
This very definately sounds like overloading $HOME is the wrong
Fred L. Drake, Jr. <fdrake at acm.org>