On Jul 31, 2008, at 07:57 AM, Niklas Baumstark wrote:
> how can i get ruby to get me some special directories, such as the
> home-folder on linux or "documents and settings" on windows? is there
> already some functionality available to do this or will i have to use
> platform-native functions (for example COM on windows)?

To get folders like 'documents and settings' on windows you need to  
use win32api.  Depending on language, these may have different names.