Well, Jabra, of course your “Jabra Direct” headset setup application
is Chromium based, or whatever enormous rendering engine is en vogue
today. After all, the application has at least five pages to show, and
ten buttons or so, so clearly you need a full-blown web browser to
show this surfeit of UI.
And of course this means that the two-bit application comes in at
five processes. Efficiency is for the wimps!
And yes, of course closing the windows only does exactly that, but
leaves the five processes running forever, doing God knows what, and
with no sign whatsoever of their presence (such as a tray icon or so).
Another entry on the list of sometimes useful applications that
nonetheless get installed only when needed and then removed
The Python-on-Windows people are at it again. This time they have
os.path.expanduser() in 3.8.
expanduser() treated a tilde at the front of the path
given to it the same as a *ix shell, i.e. ‘~/’ was replaced by the
current user’s home directory, and ‘~user/’ with that of user
More specifically, it used the value of the
USERPROFILE if the former did not exist, or
HOMEDRIVE\HOMEPATH as a final fallback (on NT 3.51, perhaps?).
Then someone complained about that, Python bug
#36264, and for some reason
unknown to the world, it was decided not to consider
This (and I’m speaking out of a deep personal animus) was the most
misguided decision since splitting the Windows distribution into 22
MSI packages per architecture.
Because the supposed rationale for the change is that
HOME is not a
“special” variable on Windows, i.e. it is not something the
system/shell cares more about than any other environment variable.
So what? It was documented that it was used by
that is what matters. Explicitly mentioning some behavior in the
documentation, without a note that it is an implementation detail
subject to change, is what interface contracts are made of.
The documentation does not make any claims that
HOME is used because
it is of any particularly exalted rank, it simply says it is used.
The relevant paragraph could even be read simply as “the user’s home
directory, unless overridden with
In a particularly cruel twist, the original complainant even pointed
out that their problem was actually caused by a bug in MSYS, but the
Python-on-Windows maintainer apparently felt that this localized
problem with a single tool merited breaking part of the Python
standard library for everyone. (The tool was Git, but still …)