Finding Script Directory

Steve lonetwin at
Wed Jul 7 16:19:46 CEST 2004

Isn't gmail really cool ?? here's one of the text links in the
"Related Pages" column at the right of the page displaying this

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The link points to:

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On Wed, 07 Jul 2004 09:58:20 -0400, Peter Hansen <peter at> wrote:
> Fuzzyman wrote:
> > What's the best, cross platform, way of finding out the directory a
> > script is run from ?
> >
> > I've googled a bit, but can't get a clear answer.
> I've seen twenty threads on this and I still don't know/recall
> whether there's a clear answer. :-(
> > On sys.argv[0] the docs say :
> > argv[0] is the script name (it is operating system dependent whether
> > this is a full pathname or not).
> >
> > So this doesn't seem to be the answer.
> Actually, it's all you've got to work with.  On Linux and Windows,
> at least, it's got either just the script name, if you're running
> from the current directory, or a path (relative or absolute) to
> the directory where the script is run from.  It's like this whether
> py2exe'd or not, too.
> __file__ could be of assistance, but it doesn't exist when
> you've py2exe the thing...
> > The script directory is always *somewhere* in sys.path - but not
> > always in position 0. If you use py2exe then sys.path[0] is the
> > zipfile it does the imports from !!
> Yeah, sys.path isn't much good for this sort of thing.

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