Python bug in Windows 8--report now, or later?
kw at codebykevin.com
Sat Sep 17 20:01:47 CEST 2011
I have been testing my Python application on the just-released developer
preview of Windows 8 and have noted an error: the application does not
create an app folder in the user's "application data" directory. This
causes the app to crash on startup. Manually creating the directory
solves the problem. Since the app uses an os.mkdir() call to create the
directory, and since the app runs fine on Windows 7, my guess is that
the bug lies somewhere in the interaction between Python (I'm using
ActivePython 2.7) and Windows.
Here's the relevant code:
#make preferences directory if it does not exist
self.appdir = os.path.join(os.path.join(os.environ['APPDATA'],
if not os.path.exists(self.appdir):
I realize that this developer preview of Windows is still at somewhere
between alpha- and beta-level, and it's possible things will get better.
Should I wait to report this as a bug until Windows 8 is released, or do
the Python developers test Python on pre-release versions of Windows?
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