[Distutils] Using Scripts\foo.exe on a python which doesn't have Distribute installed?

Nick Coghlan ncoghlan at gmail.com
Sat May 25 10:02:22 CEST 2013

Hi Matt, if you don't have any C extensions to deal with and can
assume Python is already present on the destination system, then a
zipfile with a __main__.py file may also be a suitable solution (see
PEP 441 for more info about that feature - it's been supported since
2.6, the PEP just proposes some better tools in the standard library
for creating them)


On Sat, May 25, 2013 at 5:46 PM, Matt Wilkie <maphew at gmail.com> wrote:
> Thanks PJ.
> I haven't used py2exe as I don't want to redistribute python also,
> just our program. I'll dig into your other suggestions and see where I
> end up.
> -matt
> On Wed, May 22, 2013 at 10:22 PM, PJ Eby <pje at telecommunity.com> wrote:
>> On Wed, May 22, 2013 at 8:12 PM, Matt Wilkie <maphew at gmail.com> wrote:
>> > How do I get my installer to include Distribute so I don't have to tell our
>> > users "before you install our program you have to go install this other
>> > program"?
>> Setuptools (which Distribute is based on) is designed for shipping
>> libraries, not applications; it's developer installer, not primarily
>> an end-user installer for applications.  So you probably should be
>> using py2exe instead.
>> Alternatively, you can bundle a copy of pkg_resources.py, or use a
>> script that doesn't depend on entry points, or copy your script to
>> "foo-script.py" alongside the .exe launcher, and manually include
>> those two files as scripts (not using entry points) in your setup()
>> definition.
>> Any of these approaches will solve the problem; it's mostly a matter
>> of your preferences or other requirements.
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