Problem with smtplib and py2exe

Terry Reedy tjreedy at
Mon Apr 7 23:12:19 CEST 2008

"Kevin" <kdoiron at> wrote in message 
news:3ff2767a-bbd8-4e0e-bbf4-3fa72bdca5e7 at
| Hi everyone,
| I'm running Python 2.5.1 on an XP-Pro platform, with all the updates
| (SP2, etc) installed. I have a program ( that sends a
| file to a service provider, using an ftp connection.  The program
| works properly, and I've created an 'exe' of it, using py2exe.  It was
| distrubuted to my user base a couple of weeks ago and seems to be
| working well.  None of the users have Python installed on their
| machines, thus the need for an 'exe' for the program.
| I now need to add an email function to the program, to automatically
| send an email to a select user list when the program is completed.
| I've made the appropriate modifications to my code, and the program
| works properly when I run it from Python.  When I try to make an exe
| out of my new program, however, I get the following error:
| Traceback (most recent call last):
|  File "C:/Python25/send_ftp/", line 17, in <module>
|    console = [{"script": ''}] )
|  File "C:\Python25\lib\distutils\", line 168, in setup
|    raise SystemExit, "error: " + str(msg)

I would go to that line in that file (it is in the except: part of a try: 
statement) and file the function call that raised the exception and ...
There seems to be a DEBUG variable, which might also give more info.

| SystemExit: error: command 'C:\Python25\pythonw.exe' failed with exit
| status 1
| The '' script is the same one I used to generate the 'exe' of
| the original program. The email-related code was added to my
| '' program as a function - it's not a separate module.  If
| all of the changes are commented out, the py2exe function works. But
| as soon as I activate even the line "import smtplib", the py2exe
| process spits out the error above.
| If I put only the email portions of code in a test program, and run it
| from Python, it works, but if I try make an 'exe' out of the test
| program, I get the same error as above.
| Is there an inherent incompatibility between smtplib and py2exe? Does
| anyone have any ideas of how I can fix this problem?


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