[Distutils] Improving distutils' script and GUI app handling
trentm at ActiveState.com
Thu Sep 15 18:58:40 CEST 2005
I haven't yet played with setuptools/eggs/etc. so my comments might be
[Phillip J. Eby wrote]
> Then EasyInstall could create a 'unittest' script with a #! line on
> Unix-like OSes, and a 'unittest.py', 'unittest.bat', or 'unittest.exe' on
> Windows. In each case, the generated program would simply load and run the
> entry point with no arguments.
Effbot has some good things to say about/use for this:
> On Windows, I'd say that applications are pretty much always better as
> .exe's, whether console or GUI. The .py/.pyw form is dependent on a single
> global consistent version of Python, but it's possible and reasonable to
> have multiple Python versions installed. An .exe also has a lot more
> control over how Python is initialized, and that can be particularly
> important for applications. On the other hand, in the short run I can also
> see using .bat or .cmd files for console apps, and .pyw for GUI apps, just
> to have something that works and wait for the path management use cases for
> various .exe options to work themselves out.
There is a bug in the current cmd.exe (or maybe it is only up to Win2k?
can't remember) where shell redirection doesn't work if your script is
launched indirectly via a .bat of .cmd file. As well, Ctrl+C signal
handling for kill a script is quite annoying if launched via a .bat
file: you get a secondary question from the shell
Terminate batch file (Y/N)?
or something like that. A .exe launcher/stub is definitely preferred.
TrentM at ActiveState.com
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