"The system cannot execute the specified program."

Duncan Booth duncan.booth at invalid.invalid
Fri Jun 26 12:51:00 EDT 2009

Tim Slattery <Slattery_T at bls.gov> wrote:

> Our office has a copy of Python 3.0 installed on a network share
> device. When I try to run it I get this message: "The system cannot
> execute the specified program."
> When I googled that message, the links that came up had to do with
> missing DLLs. So I fired up Dependency Walker and found out that there
> were indeed DLLs that it needed that the OS couldn't find. So I
> supplied those DLLs. And it still gives the same message, even though
> Dependency Walker is now happy.
> Does anybody have a clue what might cause this amazingly uninformative
> message?

Are you using Vista? There seem to be some strange security settings for 
network shares in Vista. I had a file shared from an XP system which my 
Vista system could not access even though other machines could access it. 
Eventually I had to copy the file from the XP machine onto the Vista 
machine and it was happy to access it once it was on the local system.

Alternatively for a non-Vista wild guess, could it be that Python 3.0 is 
loading some libraries that use .Net and is therefore triggering the 'code 
access security' which prevents the running of .Net applications from a 
network share?

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