Distributing Python apps

Laura Creighton lac at strakt.com
Sat Jan 4 18:32:30 CET 2003

Possibly you need to modify http://www.mcmillan-inc.com/install1.html
to say 'Distributing Python Apps _used to be_ a pain'?

Laura Creighton

> "Bjorn Pettersen" wrote :
> > From: Norman Skrzypinski [mailto:zypin at sympatico.ca]
> >
> > I've spent the last couple of months investigating Visual
> > Basic, Visual C++, Euphoria, Python and Perl.  I like Python,
> > but I'm put off by the pain-in-the-rear methods of creating
> > standalone Python applications.  Isn't this a serious
> > shortcoming that should receive a lot of immediate attention?
> > Is there a developer-friendly builder-installer in the works?
> It might be useful for us to know what you think the shortcomings are of
> Distutils, py2exe, and Installer...
> -- bjorn
> Hi, Bjorn.
> >From what I have read in the "Distributing Python Modules" section of the
> Python Documentation (Release 2.2.2, October 14, 2002), both source and
> built distributions can be installed only by users who have Python installed
> on their machines.  They do not "standalone".
> Until you mentioned it, I was unaware of py2exe.  After reading the Python
> documentation, however, I read the first sentence on Gordon McMillan's web
> page (http://www.mcmillan-inc.com/install1.html), which states,
> "Distributing Python Apps...is a pain, if the user does not have Python
> installed. And if they do, it's a pain to make sure your code fits in with
> their setup."  Since this confirmed the impression that I already had, I
> didn't read further on to see his reference to Thomas Heller's py2exe.  I'll
> study that, now.
> Thank you.
> Norm
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