I'd like to have access to the $HOME environment variable in a C++ program that I'm writing. If I were writing code in C, I'd just use the getenv() function, but I was wondering if there was a better way to do it. Here's the code that I have so far:
There is nothing wrong with using getenv() in C++. It is defined by stdlib.h, or if you prefer the standard library implementation, you can include cstdlib and access the function via the std:: namespace (i.e., std::getenv()). Absolutely nothing wrong with this. In fact, if you are concerned about portability, either of these two versions is preferred.
getenv operates only on the data structures accessible to the run-time library and not on the environment "segment" created for the process by the operating system. Therefore, programs that use the envp argument to main or wmain may retrieve invalid information.