[Python-Dev] wininst-*.exe files in Lib/distutils/command

VanL van.lindberg at gmail.com
Thu Oct 18 10:48:10 EDT 2018

Thank you all, this gives me what I need. Sorry I missed the source in the
the PC/ directory.


On Thu, Oct 18, 2018 at 9:41 AM Zachary Ware <zachary.ware+pydev at gmail.com>

> On Thu, Oct 18, 2018 at 9:09 AM VanL <van.lindberg at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Hi all,
> >
> > I am looking into an issue associated with the wininst-*.exe files in
> the distutils/command subdirectory. It looks like these are the executable
> stubs used to create self-extracting zips for installation - but I am not
> 100% sure. It also looks like they include the calls to standard Windows
> functions to display the installer window.
> >
> > I have a couple questions I need help with:
> > 1) Am I correct about the function, and if not, what are they?
> You are correct.  IIUC, they are checked in to allow creating those
> installers from non-Windows platforms.
> > 2) Where did these come from, and where is their source code?
> Source can be found here:
> https://github.com/python/cpython/tree/master/PC/bdist_wininst
> The individual checked-in .exe files were each originally built by
> whoever updated the Windows toolchain to a new version of MSVC
> (Christian Heimes, Brian Curtin, or Steve Dower; though the oldest
> ones were added by Thomas Heller, presumably using whatever the
> current toolchain(s) was (were) at the time).  A few of them have been
> rebuilt after bug fixes in the source since they were added, mostly by
> the same people, though I also see Mark Hammond and Raymond Hettinger
> in the history (and Georg Brandl via svnmerge).  I notice that there
> are a few very minor code cleanups (the three latest commits here
> https://github.com/python/cpython/commits/master/PC/bdist_wininst/install.c
> )
> that have not made it into a rebuilt exe yet.
> FTR, we really ought to remove all but the 14.0 version from the
> master branch.  We don't support building Python with any toolchain
> older than 14.0 anymore, and the older toolchains are nigh impossible
> to find anymore anyway.
> --
> Zach
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