executable path finding

koranthala koranthala at gmail.com
Mon Aug 31 18:37:24 CEST 2009

On Aug 31, 9:07 pm, "Diez B. Roggisch" <de... at nospam.web.de> wrote:
> koranthala wrote:
> > Hi,
> >     I am creating a python application using py2exe. I am facing a
> > problem which I am not sure how to solve.
> >     The application contains many other files associated with it -
> > like icons, config files etc. The executable can be in any directory.
> > If the user creates a shortcut to the executable to run in desktop,
> > the program fails - saying that the icon image cannot be found. But I
> > can run the application properly, if I run it from application
> > directory - where all the other icons, config files etc are kept.
> >     How is such issues usually solved? I do not want to hardcode the
> > paths of icons and store the icons in those paths. I guess, we can
> > change the directory to the application directory before running the
> > application. (in __init__.py ???) But how do we find the current
> > directory in that case? I am completely at sea in solving this.
> >     This looks to be a very common issue. How is this usually solved?
> You can get the location of a module via
>  module.__file__
> This can be used to find a file relative to e.g. the toplevel module/package
> of your application.
> The pkg_resources-module of setuptools encapsulates that even into a stream
> and file-name api.
> Diez

Thank you Diez. It was what I was looking for.

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