Getting the Appdata Directory with Python and PEP?
eamonnrea at gmail.com
Mon Nov 25 21:48:49 CET 2013
I've heard that there is a library that allows you to get the appdata directory for a given OS, but I'd like to do it myself, as a learning experience.
Is there a built in way to get a users Appdata Directory? For example on OS X it's in '~/Library//Application Support/'. I can get the OS just fine (sys.platform and then storing it in my own way; example: darwin = OS X, just for my own readability), and I can get the home directory just fine (expanduser), but I have no idea how to get the appdata directory.
One way I could think of doing it would be to just detect the os and join the string on like so (completely untested, but an idea);
if os == 'OS X':
appdata_dir = os.path.join(home_dir, '/Application Support/')
But then that arises the problem of cross platform compatibility.
So is here a good, cross platform solution to this problem?
Also, what is PEP, PEP8, etc? Is it like the Python programming layout conventions? Is there more to it than that?
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