HOME Directory in posix and nt

Jarek Zgoda jzgoda at gazeta.usun.pl
Sun Aug 3 19:06:25 CEST 2003


Jeff Epler <jepler at unpythonic.net> pisze:

> os.environ holds the system environment, so
> 	home = os.environ['HOME'] 
> on unix, and 
> 	home = os.environ['HOMEPATH'] 
> on windows might be what you want.
> 
> You could also try
> 	home = os.path.expanduser("~")
> which looks at HOME and pwd.getpwuid on unix, and at HOME, HOMEPATH, and
> HOMEDRIVE on NT.

Unfortunately, the latest is known to give strange results on Windows
2000. On my machine at work (W2K Sp3) it just returns string
'%USERPROFILE%'. On my wife's WinXP Pro Sp1 it returns 'C:\', which is
crap, since home directory is set to 'C:\Documents and Settings...'
(that's the value of HOMEDRIVE + HOMEPATH and of USERPROFILE variables).

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