So after some scrambling around trying to find a good beginner programming language, i have found python, and with my ultimate goal being game development, also pygame.

I have just started learning some basics, and I was going through a tutorial when i ran into an error that im not sure how to get around.

Here is my code:

import pygame, sys,os
from pygame.locals import * 
window = pygame.display.set_mode((640, 320)) 
screen = pygame.display.get_surface() 

background = os.path.join("C:\\python26\\stuff\\bg.jpeg")

background_surface = pygame.image.load(background)

screen.blit(background_surface, (0,0)) 
def input(events): 
   for event in events: 
      if event.type == QUIT: 
         print event 
while True: 

I want to load the background image (which is 100% in the directory i specified). Unfortunately when i run the program i recieve the following error:

Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "C:/Python26/Tutorial", line 12, in <module>
    background_surface = pygame.image.load(background)
error: Couldn't open C:\python26\stuff\bg.jpeg

I have searched some, and found that inputting the os.path.join command was supposed to get rid of the error because of the cross-platform compatibility or somthing.
Currently on vista 64bit, dont know if that helps or not.

All replies appreciated, thank you for taking the time to read and (hopefully) respond.

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Last Post by vegaseat

Yeah, i dont know if you may have checked this. But i know i stuffed this up one time, but are you sure its .jpeg not .jpg or .JPG or something like that?



oh yep.. now i feel stupid :O
it turned out to be .jpg, and when i changed the code, all went well
thanks guys :D


Might as well go with:

background = "C:\\python26\\stuff\\bg.jpg"
background_surface = pygame.image.load(background)

Since that kind of directory name is meant for Windows only.


I personally think (as a side note), that he should:

a) Use a relative path so that he can keep the project in one folder and use a hierarchy of folders within that. This allows him to move the project's folder but keep all the paths in the script valid because they're relative.
b) Use single, forward slashes in his path as that's accepted on Windows and Linux. So "C:/python26/stuff/bg.jpg" works even better.

Just my two cents :P


Thanks shadwickman for your thoughts.
Using C:/python26/stuff/bg.jpg with the Windows OS would be recommendation too.

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