build a binary for Windows on Linux, Solaris or Mac OSX?

Christopher T King squirrel at WPI.EDU
Tue Jul 6 20:52:02 CEST 2004

On Tue, 6 Jul 2004, Skip Montanaro wrote:

> I'd like to package up my typing watcher script in a bundled form (no
> separate Python install required) for use on Windows.  (Un)fortunately, I
> don't have access to a Windows computer.  Do any of the packaging tools
> (py2exe, MacMillan's Installer, etc) allow cross-platform bundling?

I've gotten py2exe to work under Wine. It takes a little bit of work, 
though, mostly downloading real Windows DLLs (if you don't have copies 
lying around). The process is more or less like this:

1) Install Win32 Python under Wine. (Good for cross-platform testing, 

2) Install py2exe under Win32 Python. Run your setup script using Win32 

3) Point Wine to a real copy of imagehlp.dll -- functions needed by py2exe 
are stubs in the Wine version.

4) py2exe should now run, but will complain about not being able to find a
DLL. Find the DLL, and dump in in your Wine system directory. If you can't
find the DLL, use the dll_exclude option (not sure what the actual command
line arg is) to tell py2exe to skip it.

5) Repeat step 4 until py2exe doesn't complain.

6) If all goes well, you should have a happy Win32 binary waiting for you.

Note: I've only tested the resulting binary under Wine; I'm not sure if it 
actually works in Windows or not! ;)

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