`import user` can have undesirable side-effects #86

whiteinge opened this Issue Jul 15, 2011 · 0 comments


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The use of import user in settings.py causes anything in a user's PYTHONSTARTUP script to execute. This can have unexpected side effects (for example, it drops me into the Python shell instead of launching cola).

I have often seen the home directory determined through os.path.expanduser('~') instead.

Another argument for not using import user to find the home directory is that it is going away in Python 3.

@davvid davvid closed this in 3bbc82d Jul 16, 2011

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