[Python-ideas] Add appdirs module to stdlib

John Wong gokoproject at gmail.com
Tue Sep 1 18:19:21 CEST 2015

But is appdirs only useful if you are running something that's more toward
system package / desktop application? A lot of projects today create their
own directory to save data, many use $HOME/DOTCUSTOM_DIR. So the use case
of appdirs should be addressed.

On Tue, Sep 1, 2015 at 5:42 AM, Andrew Barnert via Python-ideas <
python-ideas at python.org> wrote:

> On Sep 1, 2015, at 01:00, Philipp A. <flying-sheep at web.de> wrote:
> When defining a place for config files, cache files, and so on, people
> usually hack around in a OS-dependent, misinformed, and therefore wrong way.
> Thanks to the tempfile API we at least don’t see people hardcoding /tmp/
> too much.
> There is a beautiful little module that does things right and is easy to
> use: appdirs <https://pypi.python.org/pypi/appdirs>
> Is appdirs compatible with the OS X recommendations (as required by the
> App Store). Apple only gives you cache and app data directories; prefs are
> supposed to use NSDefaults API or emulate the file names and formats
> properly, and you have to be sensitive to the sandbox.)
> If so, definitely +1, because that's a pain to do with anything but Qt (or
> of course PyObjC). If not, -0.5, because making it easier to do it wrong is
> probably not beneficial, even if that's what many *nix apps end up writing
> a lot of code to get wrong on Mac...
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