Newbie question regarding py2exe.

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  1. Guest

    Hi all,

    This is a dumb question and I apologise.

    I have just started using py2exe and no matter what I try, I can't get it to

    Sometimes complains, other times its

    My question is how robust is py2exe? (Note that I have followed the docs to
    the letter.)

    Cheers, Marco
    , Jul 24, 2003
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  2. writes:

    > Hi all,
    > This is a dumb question and I apologise.
    > I have just started using py2exe and no matter what I try, I can't get it to
    > work.

    The only thing (IMO) you can do severely wrong is to create your scripts
    and your file in the lib/site-packages/py2exe directory. Use a
    different directory for that.

    > Sometimes complains, other times its

    If you only get warnings, that's ok. They are warnings;-)
    Look in the dist/... directory for an exe file (and the additional dlls/pyds).

    Thomas Heller, Jul 24, 2003
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  3. Marco - talking about py2exe said

    >Sometimes complains, other times its
    >My question is how robust is py2exe? (Note that I have followed the docs to
    >the letter.)
    >Cheers, Marco

    I sympathize Marco.
    Last night I tryed py2exe for the very first time.

    I wrote a trivial random LOTTO Picker with GUI, as a test.
    Used anygui - trying it for the first time also.
    Just a few labels, a Button to gen the nums and a one line text box for
    Impressed with anygui, I moved on to py2exe.

    It worked ,,,,,,,eventualy.

    What I found was that...

    There are no where near enough docs for py2exe.

    Yeah there's plenty of info for distutils and setup scripts
    but the "lazy" hacker is looking for samples.

    A repository for donated, well doc'ed "" examples is
    IMHO needed. Write a working setup - doc it good - mail it to the archive.
    Donated because I can't expect Thomas Heller to
    imaginate\dream up every possible way to write one.

    I used the setup file for Aliens by
    that I found at PYGAME as an example.
    I hacked it and made it my slave and it did what I expected very well.

    It's amazingly robust - to answer your question above.

    I looked forward to the py2exe output to list my unfound dependencies.

    It did this very well.
    (aside = Please someone tell me
    how to capture the output to file in win32 comand line?
    I didn't see an option for that in the Doc at the website.)

    Writing the anygui script in Pythonwin made my backend( ) == mswgui.

    (sounds nasty don't it)
    This ment that all the anygui imports became the entire list of unresolved

    I could only imagine that if I had gone ahead and resolved them all in the
    script I would still be resolving them now. ( Am I correct in assuming this
    would take
    me all the way down to Win32 sys dll's ? Anybody?)

    Fortunately, I remembered reading that if the originating script only included
    pure Python code, then the modulefinder should have no problems.

    Anygui to the rescue. Switched the backend to TKgui at the import statment.
    One little change and YIPPIE ! All done.
    That ment that the became as simple as ...

    from distutils.core import setup
    import py2exe


    Made my little 1.76Kb script into a whoppin 2MEGABYTES --- and that's the zip

    I got the entire TCL\TK source in there. 189 files including my script and the
    Python dll
    at 5,096kb ,,,,,,,,,, 5.1 MEG and it only took about as much wait time to build
    as the zip
    file did to zip it.

    Does it all have to be in there? I'm fairly certain NO.

    One of these day's I'll have to add an --exclude statement or 100.
    But nobody's gonna want this proggy so why.

    UPSHOT -- I really like both programs and look forward to learing more about

    Robust? You bet !

    Ray St.Marie
    Raymond Arthur St. Marie II of III, Jul 24, 2003
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