Python 3 minor irritation

David Monaghan monaghand.david at
Fri Feb 5 08:43:55 CET 2010

On Thu, 04 Feb 2010 00:39:01 +0000, David Monaghan
<monaghand.david at> wrote:

>I have a small program which reads files from the directory in which it
>resides. It's written in Python 3 and when run through IDLE or PythonWin
>works fine. If I double-click the file, it works fine in Python 2.6, but in
>3 it fails because it looks for the files to load in the Python31 folder,
>not the one the script is in.
>It's not a big deal, but browsing around I haven't found why the behaviour
>has been changed or any comment about it (That might be my poor search
>technique, I suppose).
>The program fails at:
>    try:
>        tutdoc = minidom.parse(".//Myfile.xml")
>    except IOError:
>        <snip>

I very much appreciate all the help offered on this, but feel a bit of an
idiot now as I can't reproduce the behaviour (it had happened on two
separate machines).

What I am still getting is a similar problem on my work computer with the
program on a network hard drive. Not always - it'll run on repeated
attempts, then fail for a few, then work again. When it failed I ran the
script as suggested:

import os
print("curdir=", os.getcwd())
print("__file__=", __file__)

and got the response:

curdir= H:\
__file__= H:\FRCR\FRCR2010\Course documents\FRCR2009\

so it's 'sticking' at H:

For interest, I ran the script from IDLE, too, and PythonWin, on three
separate computers (2 Python3, 1 Python2.6)

With that I get a NameError for __file__

curdir= H:\FRCR\FRCR2010\Course documents\FRCR2009
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "H:\FRCR\FRCR2010\Course documents\FRCR2009\", line 3,
in <module>
    print("__file__=", __file__)
NameError: name '__file__' is not defined

What have I done wrong?


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