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Cross-platform access to a user's special folders

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The userpaths module provides cross-platform access to a user’s special folders (or directories) like My Documents, Desktop, and Application Data.

On Windows, it uses SHGetFolderPath() from shell32.dll. On other platforms, it provides the closest standard or generally-used de facto equivalent.

The API is based on Ryan Ginstrom’s winpaths [1], an existing module that provides a Windows-specific solution to special folder access. However, userpaths has a different overall focus (cross-platform access to a subset of user folders), and is not intended as an exact drop-in replacement.

A quick usage example:

# Get the user’s My Documents folder import userpaths my_docs = userpaths.get_my_documents()

References: [1] http://ginstrom.com/code/winpaths.html

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