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$srcdir and $datadir

Victor Porton <porton at narod.ru> writes:

> In GNU software written in C $srcdir and $datadir are accessible to C
> code through generated config.h file.

For what purpose?

Given that the source may not be at that location after the program is
compiled ? especially, after the program is moved to a different machine
? what meaning does ?$srcdir? have when the program is running?

What ?data directory? is specified by ?$datadir?, and why is it assumed
there is exactly one?

> What is the right way to config directories for a Python program?

We'll need to know what those concepts mean, to be able to discuss the
equivalent (if any) in a Python environment.

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Ben Finney