os.tempnam() ignores dir
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Mon Aug 12 16:54:33 EDT 2002
Randall Hopper wrote:
> >>> print os.tempnam( '/home/rhh', 'prefix' )
> Is this a bug? I don't see any caveat in the docs about Python ignoring
> the dir argument.
It's not really a Python bug. os.tempnam relies on the system's
underlying tempnam() function, which varies from platform to platform
and can do weird things to the path argument.
In a typical Unix, it will do something like the following:
- TMPDIR defined in the environment: use that for the path.
- path not specified or specified path doesn't exist: punt to the default
coded into in stdio.h.
- all else fails: use /tmp
Under native Windows, you gneerally have the temp directories defined
in the environment. Under cygwin, behavior is (of course) more Unixy.
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