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Add cache_path as an argument to prompt_for_user_token() #169

merged 1 commit into from Sep 17, 2017


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@jessejoe jessejoe commented Mar 8, 2017

Fixes #167

This allows overriding the default relative location of cache_path when calling prompt_for_user_token(). External scripts will be able to avoid creating a .cache-username file in whatever directory the user happens to be in when the script is ran.

I personally think cache_path should default to os.path.join(os.path.expanduser('~'), '.cache-' + username) so cache_path always references the same file in the user's $HOME, but that would probably break a lot of existing users.

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@KevinMGranger KevinMGranger commented Mar 10, 2017

Ideally, the cache path would be in the $XDG_CACHE_DIR, which defaults to ~/.cache/, so something like ~/.cache/spotipy-$USERNAME

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@jessejoe jessejoe commented Mar 11, 2017

@KevinMGranger I don't think that's cross-patform (i.e. Windows). Could always adopt the pip method though:

pip is just using appdirs from, see

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@eriktaubeneck eriktaubeneck commented May 25, 2017

It would be great to merge this, and open a new issue to discuss/decide on a sane default. This PR doesn't introduce breaking changes and adds flexibility (and unblocks a blocker for me.)

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@plamere plamere commented Sep 17, 2017

sorry for the 6 month delay, finally getting to look at my spotipy backlog. Looks like a good PR, thanks!

@plamere plamere merged commit a99d204 into plamere:master Sep 17, 2017
@jessejoe jessejoe deleted the jessejoe:add_cache_path_param branch Nov 3, 2018
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