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Re: Should File::HomeDir honor $ENV{HOME} on Darwin?

by Tanktalus (Canon)
on Dec 18, 2008 at 18:27 UTC ( #731343=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Should File::HomeDir honor $ENV{HOME} on Darwin?

Honestly, I'm not convinced $ENV{HOME} should be used on any platform, other than maybe for test purposes. That said, the method of finding specific directory types on Darwin is awfully convoluted - I'm wondering what changing $ENV{HOME} would do when you're looking for a specific type of directory using Mac::Files::FindFolder...

Assuming that you apply the same tests with and without $ENV{HOME} set - including nonsensical values, and that said tests are submitted with your patch, I don't see why Adam would say no. Mind you, I've got a larger patch sitting in his queue at the moment from the beginning of November that hasn't made it in, so I'm not sure what RL is doing to him at the moment.

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Re^2: Should File::HomeDir honor $ENV{HOME} on Darwin?
by xdg (Monsignor) on Dec 18, 2008 at 20:50 UTC
    Honestly, I'm not convinced $ENV{HOME} should be used on any platform...

    If it weren't there already for Unix and Win32 (and MacOS9), I probably wouldn't advocate for it.

    The situation that got me was actually in testing. I'm using a module that uses File::HomeDir to find a config file and I wanted to substitute a new config file in a temporary directory. My quick and dirty approach was just to set $ENV{HOME} to the temporary directory, which turned out to work everywhere except Darwin.

    Instead, I'll probably now mock File::HomeDir and override my_home to return the temporary directory.


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