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Re: [Gnumed-devel] Re: windows installer

From: David Grant
Subject: Re: [Gnumed-devel] Re: windows installer
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2004 12:34:03 -0500
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Karsten Hilbert wrote:

I'm not sure why Hilmar mentioned "install python at the very beginning". Why is gnumed even concerned with installing python? The gnumed install should not work if python is not installed/detected.
I certainly agree with this assessment.

I agree NSIS is good. But I think most of the work should be done by distutils and NSIS should just call "python" or whatever. I'm not an expert on this BTW.
ACK. However, "GnuMed" is not a "Python program". It is an
application package consisting of - among other things -
Python scripts. python isn't suitable.

Please elaborate. I looked at the source and it looks like there are a bunch of python scripts which talk to the database on the server side, and the current client seems to be the python/wxPython one. What else is in there, which isn't Python? I think usually this is still easily handled by the main script, if there are other binaries or files to be installed.

One final suggestion: don't use environment variables such as PYTHONPATH to tell gnumed where to find modules.
I don't get this. All modules (like wxPython) should be in site-packages, so any python program should find them fine.

When looking at the gnumed prerequisites, I don't see any of them being anywhere except for in site-packages. So python finds them fine.

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