Instructions on how to build py2exe 0.6.8 (or an installer would be nice, too!)

Mike Driscoll kyosohma at
Wed Jun 11 02:45:26 CEST 2008

On Jun 10, 4:47 pm, Larry Bates < at`> wrote:
> chard... at wrote:
> > On Jun 10, 11:34 am, Mike Driscoll <kyoso... at> wrote:
> >> Maybe I'm missing something, but I can rename the executables I create
> >> using py2exe 0.6.6 to anything I want after they're created.
> >> Or are you talking about a Windows installer for the py2exe module
> >> itself? Where are you finding this 0.6.8 version anyway? I can't find
> >> it
> >> Anyway, what Thomas is talking about is that the only way to create a
> >> usable installer of py2exe on Windows is to use the same compiler that
> >> the Python you are using. As I understand it, Python 2.4 and 2.5 used
> >> Visual Studio 2003. I think 2.3 used VS6. I have both, so I can try to
> >> compile an installer for any of those versions if you can link me to
> >> the source.
> >> Mike
> >> Python Extension Building Network:     http:\\
> > The issue with renaming executables only applies to single-file
> > executables, i.e. ones created with zipfile = None as an argument to
> > setup() and --bundle 1 as a command line argument. This is a known
> > issue as of 0.6.6:
> > I found sources for 0.6.8 on CVS at:
> > A Windows installer for the 0.6.8 py2exe module would be ideal, but
> > somehow I doubt that's going to happen anytime soon since there hasn't
> > been a new installer since 2006. If you are willing to build that for
> > me (since I don't have VS) I'd really appreciate it : ) I'm using 32-
> > bit WinXP on this computer.
> About every two weeks this "issue" pops up.  Question: Why is is so important to
> package everything into a single file?  There are no Windows applications (that
> I'm aware of) that ship as single files.  Many of them consist of hundreds and
> in some cases 'thousands' of files.  Now if you want to DISTRIBUTE a single
> setup.exe file, that makes sense to me.  Use py2exe without the single file
> option and ship a setup.exe file created by Inno Installer.  Problem solved.
> You will thank me when you want to include: registry entries, shortcuts,
> documentation, configuration files, etc. in the distribution.
> -Larry

Excellent point. I do include other files with my one exe using Inno
myself. Originally when I bundled it all in one, my reasoning was that
I needed to push it out to my organization and I figured pushing one
large files was better than pushing a bunch of small ones. Or
something like that.

In retrospect, that's a dumb reason as I have lots of automated Python
installers for things like Adobe Reader and Java and they basically
just do copy jobs.

Anyway, thanks for pointing that out.


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