how to find help/doc files ?

Gabriel Genellina gagsl-py2 at
Mon Dec 1 04:32:09 CET 2008

En Sat, 29 Nov 2008 19:30:50 -0200, Stef Mientki <stef.mientki at>

> For an IDE, I want to find the installed help files,
> either in the form of chm or html files.
> I'm specially interested in the files for:
> - python
> - wxpython
> - vpython
> but I fact I want link to all installed docs.
> Is there a general way to find (by code) these docs ?
> If not,
> are there standard ways to find the docs for the above programs,
> or is it pure random where these files are located ?

On Windows, Python help files are in the Doc subdirectory:
os.path.join(os.path.dirname(sys.executable), 'Doc')
On Linux, usually on /usr/doc/python-X.Y or /usr/doc/python-docs-X.Y

But let the pydoc module do the search for you:

import pydoc
print pydoc.Helper(None,None).docdir

(a missing docdir attribute means that the html help files could not be

For the other programs consult their documentation (or ask in a specific

Gabriel Genellina

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