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Date 2014-07-23.19:44:19
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> There is a question. What should pathlib's expanduser() do in case
> when user directory can't be determined (or user does not exist)?
> Perhaps unlike to os.path.expanduser() it should raise an exception
> (as in many other pathlib's methods).

Let's see what POSIX says:
http://pubs.opengroup.org/onlinepubs/9699919799/utilities/V3_chap02.html#tag_18_06_01

"""
If the system does not recognize the login name, the results are undefined.
"""

Helpful, isn't it ;-)

Behaving like os.path.expanduser() would have the advantage of consistency (which is in turn consistent with Unix shells), OTOH, it seems wrong to just return the unexpanded form: for example, if someone calls expanduser('~apache') and there's apache user, returning '~apache' could be dangerous if there was an '~apache' folder in the CWD.

So I think it would be better to raise an exception.
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