windows directory

Trent Mick trentm at
Tue Jun 14 17:46:42 CEST 2005

[Peter Hansen wrote]
> Richard Lewis wrote:
> > If you want to know where a particular directory is (on a Windows
> > 'drive') you could use:
> > 
> > for drive_label in ["C", "D"]:
> >     if "Program Files" in os.listdir(drive_label + ":/"): return
> >     drive_label
> This would cause trouble in at least two cases that I've seen.  One was 
> a multiboot machine that had Windows 2000 on D: and Windows XP on C:. 
> The other was a machine that had the Program Files folder copied, for 
> reasons I don't recall (and perhaps only temporarily), to the D: drive.

And on non-English locales the folder name isn't actually "Program
Files". And on some 64-bit architectures you can have "Program Files"
and "Program Files (x86)". :)

> Use one of the defined APIs for getting this information, not a hack 
> like this please.



Trent Mick
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