[Python-Dev] RELEASED Python 2.4.1, release candidate 1

"Martin v. Löwis" martin at v.loewis.de
Mon Mar 14 22:42:46 CET 2005

Richie Hindle wrote:
>>If so, could it
>>also be that the installer has told you that the target directory 
>>exists, and asked whether you want to proceed anyway?
> It probably did, yes.

If this was a true upgrade (allusers to allusers), it didn't ask
the question. It only asks if it thinks this is a fresh install,
yet the target directory is there already.

> I'd be surprised if the existing 2.4 was per-user, because I usually ask
> for all-users.  It's possibly that it was an all-users installation but I
> copied the DLL into C:\Python24 for some reason [...digs around...] yes, I
> think that must be the case.  It has a creation date much later than
> C:\python24\Lib, for example.

Ah, ok. I could not have thought of *that*. That also explains it: the
upgrading simply did not manage to remove/replace your copy of

It's easy to see the effect, then: Windows looks for python24.dll first
in the directory of python.exe (where no DLL should have been found), 
and would only fallback to system32 then (which it didn't in your case).


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