Using a package like PyInstaller

James Stroud jstroud at
Sun May 28 23:38:43 CEST 2006

LittlePython wrote:
> "Im 99.999% confident that this will not happen from the .exe file
> generated by pyinstaller (unless you specify--see link above)."
> Well I guess that's about as close as any one can get in this business. I
> have been trying to introduce py into our environment, and have opened a few
> eyes, however I have been given one restriction. I can not install anything,
> leave behind anything or alter anything on a systems ...... period,

You can always hard-code external resources. For example, first write a 
script that makes a module out of one or several jpegs (assuming jpeg 
extension is consitently 'jpg':

import binascii

def append_to_jpeg_module(modulename, jpegs):
   myjpegs = open('' % modulename, 'wa')
   for jpegname in jpegs:
     afile = open('%s.jpg' % jpegname, 'rb')
     ajpeg =
     jpegascii = binascii.b2a_base64(ajpeg)
     print jpegascii
     myjpegs.write('%s = """%s"""\n\n' % (jpegname, jpegascii))

append_to_jpeg_module('myjpegs', ['logo_sm'])

#heres how you use it
append_to_jpeg_module('myjpegs', ['coolpik1', 'coolpik2', 'anotherpik'])

Now, in your file that needs the jpegs, you can pretend these strings 
are files with the cStringIO module, e.g. (pretending 'modulename' above 
is 'myjpegs'):

import binascii
import myjpegs
import cStringIO

def get_jpeg_as_opened_file(jpegname, module):
   jpegascii = module.__dict__[jpegname]
   jpegbin = binascii.a2b_base64(jpegascii)
   return cStringIO.StringIO(jpegbin)

# getting that pik
get_jpeg_as_opened_file('coolpik1', myjpegs)

And your company can go on making widgets feeling secure in the fact 
that you have not required any extra entries in their file allocation 


James Stroud
UCLA-DOE Institute for Genomics and Proteomics
Box 951570
Los Angeles, CA 90095

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