Finding application data after install - a solution?

Gabriel Genellina gagsl-py2 at
Tue Sep 22 04:52:39 CEST 2009

En Sat, 19 Sep 2009 12:03:52 -0300, Wolodja Wentland  
<wentland at> escribió:

> reliably finding distribution data from your program seems to be an
> unsolved issue for programs packaged with distutils.
> I have seen a lot of code that manipulates mod.__file__ to solve this
> problem, but this *will* break for some installation schemes and has the
> following problems:
> * it breaks if the user specified '--install-data' to have a different
>   value than '--install-{pure,plat}lib'
> * it makes the life of linux distribution package maintainers
>   unneccessarily hard, because they have to patch your code so it works
>   with their file system hierarchy.
> * it does not work inside eggs
> * it is ugly ;-)

Isn't pkgutil.get_data() what you're looking for?
I'm not sure it covers all your use cases though.

Gabriel Genellina

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