[Pythonmac-SIG] How to create a desktop alias to run a python file?

Christopher Barker Chris.Barker at noaa.gov
Fri Mar 23 21:40:54 CET 2007

Kent Quirk wrote:
> If you're going to go through the pain, why not just use py2app, which 
> does it for you?

Because Py2App doesn't support "applets". That is, something that looks 
and acts like an application, but DOESN'T bundle up all the Python stuff.

My vision of an "applet" would be a py2app like bundle, but one that 
would not include anything installed in the Python Framework (or system 
libs). i.e. all the app code, none of the Python environment.

This has limited usefulness, as it would only work on a system with all 
the right Python stuff installed, but I think it would be useful non the 

Py2App does have an "alias" mode, but I don't think it bundles the app 
source either, it just keeps a reference of some sort to it.

Is the old "build applet" working well with Python2.5, etc?


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