[Python-Dev] Finally fix installer to add Python to %PATH% on Windows

Brian Curtin brian.curtin at gmail.com
Fri Jan 28 21:46:38 CET 2011


On Fri, Jan 28, 2011 at 14:34, Christian Heimes <lists at cheimes.de> wrote:

> Am 28.01.2011 20:29, schrieb Raymond Hettinger:
> > At the very least, we should add some prominent instructions for getting
> the command line version up and running.
>
> /me pops out of Guido's time machine and says: "execute
> Tools/scripts/win_add2path.py"
>
> I'm -1 on adding Python to %PATH%. The private MSVCRT DLLs may lead to
> unexpected side effects and it doesn't scale at all. What about people
> with more than one Python installation?


The same "problem" exists when it comes to file associations. The last
installer you've run wins the battle. Since setting file associations is
optional, and only one association can exist, I don't see why we can't do
the same for the PATH.
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