SPE [was: Wingide is a beautiful application]

Sybren Stuvel sybrenUSE at YOURthirdtower.com.imagination
Sun Jan 15 17:46:23 EST 2006

SPE - Stani's Python Editor enlightened us with:
> If you would have read the blog (http://pythonide.stani.be/blog),
> you could clearly read this:

I haven't.

>    2. download and unpack the archive
>    SPE-0.8.1.d-wx2.6.1.0-no_setup.zip
> If you follow these three steps nothing more, nothing less, you are
> up and running with SPE in one minute. I don't know how can I make
> it more easy.

You could start by adding the zip file to the download page. Even the
blog entry you mention doesn't contain the URL to that file.

> Supposing you use Ubuntu 5.10 "The Breezy Badger", all the
> requirements are there: wxPython 2.6 That is all SPE needs.

Well, in that case the SPE package that's contained in the Universe
respository is broken. Besides, it was wxPython 2.5.3 that was
insalled on my Breezy box, after I upgraded from Hoary, and not 2.6.

> So you have only clearly shown that you didn't read the
> instructions. I wish SPE can be retrieved by apt-get but that's
> beyond my control.

No it isn't. All you need to do is publish proper packages, and set up
a Debian repository. Then all people need is to add one line to their
sources.list, and they can use apt-get.

> - apt-get wxPython 2.6 (in case you don't have)

That would be "apt-get install python-wxgtk2.6". wxpython2.6 is
mentioned, but python-wxgtk2.6 is actually installable. At least, it
would be if it didn't conflict with the version of wxPython I have
currently installed. I had to uninstall 2.5.3 first, because a simple
upgrade didn't work.

> - get
> http://download.berlios.de/python/SPE-0.8.1.d-wx2.6.1.0-no_setup.zip
> and unpack it

Finally, an URL.

> Still not working?

It runs now, but some things aren't working. When I open a file and
click on the "browse" tab, I see the current directory. If I then
double-click on a Python file, I'd expect SPE to open it, but nothing
happens. Hmmm... and now SPE has crashed. No errors on the terminal,
but the GUI simply doesn't repaint anymore.

Sorry mate, it looks like a promising project, but it just doesn't do
it for me. Way too much hassle for something that crashes on the first

The problem with the world is stupidity. Not saying there should be a
capital punishment for stupidity, but why don't we just take the
safety labels off of everything and let the problem solve itself? 
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