alternative to hardcoding system util paths

Stephen Burke steve.burke.56 at
Thu Sep 16 22:21:28 UTC 2010

I'm writing a python script and I'm using aptitude and update-grub in
the script.  Currently I just use the abolute path to the bins ie.
/usr/bin/aptitude.  Ultimately I'd like to package it and distribute
it as a deb.  What's the recommended way to get these paths so they
will work on any user's machine?  Are there any environment vars that
I should use or a service of some kind?

Any help or pointing in the right direction would be appreciated or if
there is a better list to post this let me know.


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