Executing .py files is weird

Hello there... just a quick question to those that do python programming...
why is it that when i do:

cd Documents/PyProgramming/Tutorial/snake
python3 main.py

my python file gets executed just fine...
but when I do:

python3 Documents/PyProgramming/Tutorial/snake/main.py

this happens:

╭─[email protected] in ~ via  v3.9.7 
 ╰─λ python3 Documents/PyProgramming/Tutorial/snake/main.py
pygame 2.0.2 (SDL 2.0.16, Python 3.9.7)
Hello from the pygame community. https://www.pygame.org/contribute.html
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/home/johnlamuel/Documents/PyProgramming/Tutorial/snake/main.py", line 15, in <module>
  File "/home/johnlamuel/Documents/PyProgramming/Tutorial/snake/main.py", line 10, in main
  File "/home/johnlamuel/Documents/PyProgramming/Tutorial/snake/data/engine.py", line 157, in run
    floor = pygame.image.load(
FileNotFoundError: No such file or directory.

...here's some info about my machine:

╭─[email protected] in ~ via  v3.9.7 took 2s
 ╰─λ inxi -Faz
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Hi there, I have a bit of Python programming experience too.
Can you share the code so that I can have a look? Gitlab would be most preferable in case of multiple files.


Python can't find the file listed here.

You're setting the working directory to the "snake" directory, so Python will find (by default) files in that directory.

Your working directory is $HOME, and so that's where Python is looking for the files.

There are various ways of dealing with this (in a wrapper shell script or within the Python script itself), but you'd generally identify the directory the Python script is in then set that as the working directory.


ohhhhh I see... i understand now... thank you

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Unfortunately I don't have a Gitlab acc so instead i made a github repository just for you my dude...

here's the link:

the code is a little messy cause im not yet done with it and im still just learning

No issue with github either.
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