The Disappearing Program?

Andre Engels andreengels at
Fri Feb 19 15:33:59 CET 2010

On Fri, Feb 19, 2010 at 3:19 PM, Mark Lawrence <breamoreboy at> wrote:
> Andre Engels wrote:
>> On Fri, Feb 19, 2010 at 12:20 PM, W. eWatson <wolftracks at>
>> wrote:
>>> I've successfully compiled several small python programs on Win XP into
>>> executables using py2exe. A program goes from a name like to
>>> snowball. A dir in the command prompt window finds but not
>>> snowball. If I type in snowball, it executes. What's up with that?
>> No idea whether it has to do with your problem, but if it's executable
>> in Windows, its name is snowball.exe, not snowball.
> Not necessarily, it's perfectly possible to setup a Python script to run on
> Windows using file associations in the same way that you can run a command
> (.bat) file.  If the OP types the command "ASSOC .py" without the quotes at
> the command prompt, the response .py=Python.File tells you
> that this association has been setup.

And how does that invalidate what I wrote? One cannot associate the
empty extension, so if "snowball" runs a program, that's the program
in the file "snowball.exe" not the program in the file "snowball" that
has its extension associated to something - it has no extension, so
its extension cannot be associated.

André Engels, andreengels at

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