[Baypiggies] py2exe. Python(x,y). Distribution issues.

Stephen McInerney spmcinerney at hotmail.com
Mon Apr 28 19:27:10 CEST 2008

> >> - virtualenv sounds useful, anyone have experience with it? Does it extend
> >> to foreign
> >> dependencies (e.g. C++/Fortran libs)?
> >
> > At this point, you really want a package manager, rather than the
> > python centric distutils world.  To get around this at my previous
> > company we started using (and contributing to) gentoo-prefix [0].
> > (You can think of it as a sandboxed package manager similar to fink or
> > openpkg that runs on a posix (linux/macos/solaris/) box in it's own
> > directory.
> That sounds pretty neat.  For comparison, Debian also provides a program 
> called debootstrap that is used to create Debian chroot environments.  It 
> probably doesn't work on any POSIX system, though, just Linux ones - but 
> it does work on pretty much any glibc+Linux system you can find.

Fine but the original question asked was about Windows, and what is missing in Python
distribution utils to make it properly handle the issues I mentioned.
I got some constructive ideas from the SciPy people; anyone else have comment?
Dogmatically repeating "Linux is the answer" is simply not an option :)
> > If you want to take it a step further then you are into the vmware/xen 
> > realm.

Look, the solution of least change is the best solution.
We want to get to shrinkwrapped installers which figure out how to do the right thing, every time,
without needing an MSCS degree.

Spell a grand slam in this game where word skill meets World Series. Get in the game.
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