[Distutils] Opening question

Scott Mayham Smayham at manh.com
Wed Aug 24 00:14:24 CEST 2005

Well, I just now joined this SIG.  I'm an abject Python newbie.  My role is that of Installation developer for various Windows products produced by my company.  Therein lies my need for help.

We are rushing out the door, a new version of one of our main products.  Part of what's new about this release is that some parts of it are written in Python (2.4, I think).  These parts also use some bits for the PyWin package.  I have been chartered with exploring whether we can bundle the Python Windows installer (the MSI that the link on the "downloads" page points to) along with our product, and whether it (the Python installer) can be launched as a silent sub-install, in much the same way as we presently launch the Microsoft MSXML4.msi.  

As usual, the pointy-haired boss doesn't understand that the install developer doesn't (yet) know squat about Python.  I've just gotta get it installed so it can support our product.  I know, Disutils is supposed to make this unnecessary, but (I'm told) we use some stuff in PyWin which uses some stuff in Python which is not normally packaged that way.  If I've been told wrong, tell me what I need to know/do in order to package up our spiffy new written-in-Python software.

Any help, hints, even sympathy will be greatly appreciated.

T. Scott Mayham
Sr. Analyst
Manhattan Associates
smayham at manh.com

"A government which attempts more than it ought, will perform less."  ...Thomas Babington Macaulay

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