The function backdrop_get_path() is commonly used to lookup the location of a module or theme, since these projects may be installed in a variety of places (/core/modules, /modules, /sites/example.com/modules). Prior to Backdrop 1.2.0, backdrop_get_path() was not able to locate Layout template files, even though they have the same ability to be located in multiple places.

Prior to 1.2.0:

<?php
$path
= backdrop_get_path('layout', 'one_column');
echo
$path; // NULL
?>

1.2.0 and later:

<?php
$path
= backdrop_get_path('layout', 'one_column');
echo
$path; // core/layouts/one_column
?>
Introduced in branch: 
1.2.x
Introduced in version: 
1.2.0
Impacts: 
Module developers
Related Github Issues: 
https://github.com/backdrop/backdrop/issues/986