executable path finding

ryles rylesny at gmail.com
Tue Sep 1 20:22:16 CEST 2009


On Aug 31, 12:37 pm, koranthala <koranth... at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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.

Also see:

http://docs.python.org/library/pkgutil.html



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