Finding where to store application data portably

Tony Houghton this.address.is.fake at realh.co.uk
Fri Sep 23 01:50:42 CEST 2005


In <iACYe.103232$4i6.29494 at tornado.tampabay.rr.com>,
Ron Adam <rrr at ronadam.com> wrote:

> Tony Houghton wrote:
>
>>  > This works on Win XP.  Not sure if it will work on Linux.
>>  >
>>  > import os
>>  >
>>  > parent = os.path.split(os.path.abspath(os.sys.argv[0]))[0]
>>  > file = parent + os.sep + '.bombz'
>> 
>> Ooh, no, I don't want saved data to go in the installation directory. In
>> general that practice encourages people to run with Admin access, and
>> it's about time Windows users were discouraged from that.
>
> Yes, it occurred to me you didn't want to do that after I posted.
>
> Looks like maybe the correct place would be as you suggested, but maybe 
> doing it this way would be better.
>
> import os
> user = os.path.join( os.environ["USERPROFILE"],
>                       'Application Data',
>                       'Bombz' )

I like that, it's nice and simple. It doesn't look like it's supported
on Win 9x though, but on 9x using the installation directory would be
acceptable.

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