[Distutils] Are there command line options for wininst builds?

Chuck Bass cbass233 at yahoo.com
Thu Jan 22 16:00:30 EST 2004

Thomas thanks for your quick responses.  Your emails are doubling up for some reason.

I looked at the source.  It looks like it might be reasonable to change things around a bit.  
What I don't see is instructions on how to turn the EXE that MSVC builds into the binary 'text'
that disutils uses to build the installation program.  Is this documented somewhere?


--- Thomas Heller <theller at python.net> wrote:
> Chuck Bass <cbass233 at yahoo.com> writes:
> > I've looked at the wininst code and they do some tricky stuff with
> > appending some binary to build an exe file on the fly.  Is the source
> > available that made that binary.  If it is available I'd be willing to
> > take a look at making it accept some command line parameters.
> >
> The source is in python CVS:
> <http://cvs.sourceforge.net/viewcvs.py/python/python/dist/src/PC/bdist_wininst/>
> But be warned, it's not an example how to separate view and model ;-(.
> It might be *much* easier to come up with a bdist_wininst_2 command or
> so, which uses Python's zipfile module and maybe a py2exe built exefile,
> and silently installs the stuff just where Python is installed.
> The zipfile module wasn't standard when the source code was written, so
> the C code had to handle unpacking of the zip archive.
> Gee, this may even be a project idea if I wouldn't have other things to do.
> Thomas
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