[Distutils] ANN: py2app 0.1.2

Bob Ippolito bob at redivi.com
Sat Oct 9 00:04:12 CEST 2004

`py2app`_ is the bundlebuilder replacement we've all been waiting for.  
It is implemented as a distutils command, similar to `py2exe`_, that 
builds Mac OS X applications from Python scripts, extensions, and 
related data files.  It tries very hard to include all dependencies it 
can find so that your application can be distributed standalone, as Mac 
OS X applications should be.

`py2app`_ 0.1.2 is primarily a bugfix release:

  * The encodings package now gets included in the zip file (saves space)
  * A copy of the Python interpreter is not included anymore in 
standalone builds (saves space)
  * The executable bootstrap is now stripped by default (saves a little 
  * sys.argv is set correctly now, it used to point to the executable, 
now it points to the boot script.  This should enhance compatibility 
with some applications.
  * Adds an "Alias" feature to modulegraph, so that sys.modules 
craziness such as wxPython.wx -> wx can be accomodated (this particular 
craziness is also now handled by default)
  * A sys.path alternative may be passed to find_modules now, though 
this is not used yet
  * The Command instance is now passed to recipes instead of the 
Distribution instance (though no recipes currently use either)
  * The post-filtering of modules and extensions is now generalized into 
a stack and can be modified by recipes
  * A `wxPython`_ example demonstrating how to package `wxGlade`_ has 
been added
  * PyRuntimeLocations is now set to (only) the location of the current 
interpreter's Python.framework for alias and semi-standalone build 
modes (enhances compatibility with extensions built with an unpatched 
Makefile with Mac OS X 10.3's Python 2.3.0)

Known issues:

  * Includes *all* files from packages, it should be smart enough to 
strip unused .py/.pyc/.pyo files (to save space, depending on which 
optimization flag is used).

Download and related links are here:

.. _`wxGlade`: http://wxglade.sourceforge.net/
.. _`wxPython`: http://www.wxpython.org/
.. _`py2app`: http://undefined.org/python/#py2app
.. _`py2exe`: http://starship.python.net/crew/theller/py2exe/

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