On 15-sep-2005, at 20:10, Robert Kern wrote:
Kevin Dangoor wrote:
On 9/15/05, Phillip J. Eby firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
As for Mac OS, I have almost no experience with it, so I'm not sure what GUI applications there need. Does everything need py2app? If you have a wx-based app, would you just make a #! script? Bob Ippolito previously mentioned that you don't "install" applications there, that people just drag applications wherever they want them rather than using shortcuts, so at least that part isn't a problem. :)
GUI apps on the Mac need py2app.
It depends. wx-based programs don't have a technical need to be in a .app bundle. They will run fine from the command line. Now, the *user* might want it packaged in a .app bundle, and we as developers might need to respond to that desire.
IIRC you need to use bundles if you want full control over the menu contents. But I haven't used wx on the mac for quite a while.
I think that PyObjC apps might actually need to be in a .app bundle to work reliably, though.
PyObjC apps do need to be in a .app bundle, that's needed to find resources, such as NIB files, using the Cocoa API's.
I have a feeling that there isn't a pressing need to be able to install .app bundles from easy_install. If the package maintainer is going to go to the trouble of writing a setup.py that can be used with py2app, he'll almost certainly actually build the .app binary and distribute it. Since they're standalone, they don't really interact with the other installed packages.
Think big :-). It would be nice if we'd end up with a generic method for describing how to build standalone apps that py2app and py2exe could hook into. You currently have to write slightly different code on windows and osx to get a standalone app.