Writing a program under GNU/Linux for MS Windows.

Nicol van der Merwe aspersieman at gmail.com
Sun Jul 20 13:24:37 CEST 2008

On 7/18/08, Levi Campbell <levicc00123 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi, I'm trying to write a program for a friend of mine who uses
> windows but I use GNU/Linux. I know you can use mingw and link to the
> python dll, but is there a way to create a win32 service under Linux?
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Hi Levi

(First off, I apologise if I sound a bit incoherent, but I've got flu
and I'm on medication :( )

After having just completed a project where had to write a windows
service I can offer you some insight. Writing of a service on windows,
as opposed to a daemon on linux/unix in python - you will need to use
the pywin32 module (http://sourceforge.net/projects/pywin32/)

The libraries in the pywin32 package you will need to use are most
likely going to be the followowing:
    1) win32service
    2) win32serviceutil
    3) win32api
    4) win32con and
    5) servicemanager

The fact that the pywin32 package is just an interface to the win32api
means (as far as I understand) that [sadly] you will need to develop
this in windows.

Some stuff you might want to check out:
    1) http://agiletesting.blogspot.com/2005/09/running-python-script-as-windows.html
(I don't recommend this one - a bit dated)
    2) http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.python/msg/3775b8265f1b220f
(this is the template for the win32 service i finally used.)

Also as an interesting alternative, something I recently came across -
you can create a windows service, using the web2py web framework
(http://mdp.cti.depaul.edu/AlterEgo/default/show/77). This could save
you some time, as all the libraries/modules are already set up for you
in the source download

Hope this helps.




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