setting icon using py2exe?

Grant Edwards grante at visi.com
Tue Jun 29 21:22:52 CEST 2004


I'm trying in vain to set the icon for the executable generated
by py2exe.  According to various sources there are two answers:

 1) Do it on the command line:

       python setup.py py2exe --icon foo.ico

    That generates a usage error:
       
       error: --icon not recognized

 2) According to http://starship.python.net/crew/theller/moin.cgi/CustomIcons
    you can set the icon_resources in the setup.py like this:

      # setup.py
      from distutils.core import setup
      import py2exe
      setup(windows=[{"script":"vfcupdate.py","icon_resources":[(1,"rivatek.ico")]}])

    That doesn't work either:

      running py2exe
      [...]
      copying C:\Python23\Lib\site-packages\wx\wxmsw251h_html_vc.dll -> C:\cygwin\home\admin\othertools\dist
      copying C:\Python23\Lib\site-packages\wx\wxbase251h_vc.dll -> C:\cygwin\home\admin\othertools\dist
      copying C:\PYTHON23\w9xpopen.exe -> C:\cygwin\home\admin\othertools\dist
      copying C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\python23.dll -> C:\cygwin\home\admin\othertools\dist
      copying C:\Python23\Lib\site-packages\py2exe\run_w.exe -> C:\cygwin\home\admin\othertools\dist\vfcupdate.exe
      Traceback (most recent call last):
        File "setup.py", line 5, in ?
          setup(windows=[{"script":"vfcupdate.py","icon_resources":[(1,"rivatek.ico")]}])
        File "C:\PYTHON23\lib\distutils\core.py", line 149, in setup
          dist.run_commands()
        File "C:\PYTHON23\lib\distutils\dist.py", line 907, in run_commands
          self.run_command(cmd)
        File "C:\PYTHON23\lib\distutils\dist.py", line 927, in run_command
          cmd_obj.run()
        File "C:\Python23\Lib\site-packages\py2exe\build_exe.py", line 197, in run
          self.create_binaries(py_files, extensions, dlls)
        File "C:\Python23\Lib\site-packages\py2exe\build_exe.py", line 395, in create_binaries
          arcname, target.script)
        File "C:\Python23\Lib\site-packages\py2exe\build_exe.py", line 577, in build_executable
          add_icon(unicode(exe_path), unicode(ico_filename), ico_id)
      RuntimeError: MapExistingFile: The handle is invalid.

      
Has anybody really been able to set the icon for the executable
generated by py2exe?
      
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