PExpect on Windows System Using Cygwin

Dave Angel davea at
Fri Sep 25 01:37:11 CEST 2009

Kevin Holleran wrote:
> Hello,
> I downloaded and installed the pexpect module and wrote a script.  All is
> well and good, but the script proved to be pretty useful and now I was asked
> to run it as a scheduled task up on a server to run periodically.  I was
> intending on simply packaging it up with Py2Exe and moving it to the server
> that way.
> However, when I went to test it, I received this error....
> Traceback (most recent call last):
>   File "", line 17, in <module>
>     import pexpect
>   File "lib\site-packages\", line 85, in <module>
>     support it. Pexpect is intended for UNIX-like operating systems.""")
> ImportError: No module named resource
> A critical module was not found. Probably this operating system does not
> support it. Pexpect is intended for UNIX-like operating systems.
> So now I realize that when I was testing on my system, I run cygwin and so
> everything worked fine....
> Is there a .dll that I can copy with it or anything so that it works without
> having to install cygwin on the server that will be hosting this scheduled
> task?
> Thanks for any help.
> Kevin
Why not just use the subprocess module?   It's built into the Windows 
distribution, and doesn't need cygwin.


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