[Pythonmac-SIG] [Pyobjc-dev] [ANN] py2app 0.3.2

Bill Northcott w.northcott at unsw.edu.au
Tue Jul 25 02:40:47 CEST 2006

On 25/07/2006, at 6:20 AM, Christopher Barker wrote:
>> Setting the working directory to the directory containing the  
>> script  would be more useful.

It really is a bad idea to write into software directories of any  
sort.  They should be able to be write protected for security.

> I'm not so sure. That's a bad habit from the old MacOS and Windows.  
> $HOME is an excellent choice for the default working directory.

/tmp is also to be preferred to $HOME because on most UNIX systems  
including MacOS X, it is cleaned out an each reboot.  If you use  
$HOME you end up with a mass of old temporary files - the standard  
Windows curse.

Apple seem to have adopted a convention of using /tmp/UID.  I think  
the idea is that these are cleaned when the user logs out.  So a full  
restart is not needed to clean out junk.

Bill Northcott

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