Changelog for PyInstaller 1.x¶
New default PyInstaller icon for generated executables on Windows.
Add support for Python built with –enable-shared on Mac OSX.
Add requirements section to documentation.
Documentation is now generated by rst2html and rst2pdf.
Fix wrong path separators for bootloader-file on Windows
Add workaround for incorrect platform.system() on some Python Windows installation where this function returns ‘Microsoft’ instead ‘Windows’.
Fix –windowed option for Mac OSX where a console executable was created every time even with this option.
Mention dependency on otool, ldd and objdump in documentation.
Fix typo preventing detection of DLL libraries loaded by ctypes module.
Full support for Python 2.7.
Full support for Python 2.6 on Windows. No manual redistribution of DLLs, CRT, manifest, etc. is required: PyInstaller is able to bundle all required dependencies (thanks to Florian Hoech).
Added support for Windows 64-bit (thanks to Martin Zibricky).
Added binary bootloaders for Linux (32-bit and 64-bit, using LSB), and Darwin (32-bit). This means that PyInstaller users on this platform don’t need to compile the bootloader themselves anymore (thanks to Martin Zibricky and Lorenzo Mancini).
Rewritten the build system for the bootloader using waf (thanks to Martin Zibricky)
Correctly detect Python unified binary under Mac OSX, and bail out if the unsupported 64-bit version is used (thanks to Nathan Weston).
Fix TkInter support under Mac OSX (thanks to Lorenzo Mancini).
Improve bundle creation under Mac OSX and correctly support also one-dir builds within bundles (thanks to Lorenzo Mancini).
Fix spurious KeyError when using dbhash
Fix import of nested packages made from Pyrex-generated files.
PyInstaller is now able to follow dependencies of binary extensions (.pyd/.so) compressed within .egg-files.
Add import hook for PyTables.
Add missing import hook for QtWebKit.
Add import hook for pywinauto.
Add import hook for reportlab (thanks Nevar).
Improve matplotlib import hook (for Mac OSX).
Improve Django import hooks.
Improve compatibility across multiple Linux distributions by being more careful on which libraries are included/excluded in the package.
Improve compatibility with older Python versions (Python 2.2+).
Fix double-bouncing-icon bug on Mac OSX. Now windowed applications correctly start on Mac OSX showing a single bouncing icon.
Fix weird “missing symbol” errors under Mac OSX (thanks to Isaac Wagner).
Fully support up to Python 2.6 on Linux/Mac and Python 2.5 on Windows.
Preliminar Mac OSX support: both one-file and one-dir is supported; for non-console applications, a bundle can be created. Thanks to many people that worked on this across several months (Daniele Zannotti, Matteo Bertini, Lorenzo Mancini).
Improved Linux support: generated executables are fatter but now should now run on many different Linux distributions (thanks to David Mugnai).
Add support for specifying data files in import hooks. PyInstaller can now automatically bundle all data files or plugins required for a certain 3rd-party package.
Add intelligent support for ctypes: PyInstaller is now able to track all places in the source code where ctypes is used and automatically bundle dynamic libraries accessed through ctypes. (Thanks to Lorenzo Mancini for submitting this). This is very useful when using ctypes with custom-made dynamic libraries.
Executables built with PyInstaller under Windows can now be digitally signed.
Add support for absolute imports in Python 2.5+ (thanks to Arve Knudsen).
Add support for relative imports in Python 2.5+.
Add support for cross-compilation: PyInstaller is now able to build Windows executables when running under Linux. See documentation for more details.
Add support for .egg files: PyInstaller is now able to look for dependencies within .egg files, bundle them and make them available at runtime with all the standard features (entry-points, etc.).
Add partial support for .egg directories: PyInstaller will treat them as normal packages and thus it will not bundle metadata.
Under Linux/Mac, it is now possible to build an executable even when a system packages does not have .pyc or .pyo files available and the system-directory can be written only by root. PyInstaller will in fact generate the required .pyc/.pyo files on-the-fly within a build-temporary directory.
Add automatic import hooks for many third-party packages, including:
PyQt4 (thanks to Pascal Veret), with complete plugin support.
pyodbc (thanks to Don Dwiggins)
cElementTree (both native version and Python 2.5 version)
SQLAlchemy (thanks to Greg Copeland)
email in Python 2.5 (though it does not support the old-style Python 2.4 syntax with Python 2.5)
Improved PyGTK (thanks to Marco Bonifazi and foxx).
paste (thanks to Jamie Kirkpatrick)
Add fix for the very annoying “MSVCRT71 could not be extracted” bug, which was caused by the DLL being packaged twice (thanks to Idris Aykun).
Removed C++-style comments from the bootloader for compatibility with the AIX compiler.
Fix support for .py files with DOS line endings under Linux (fixes PyOpenGL).
Fix support for PIL when imported without top-level package (“import Image”).
Fix PyXML import hook under NT (thanks to Lorenzo Mancini)
Fixed problem with PyInstaller picking up the wrong copy of optparse.
Improve correctness of the binary cache of UPX’d/strip’d files. This fixes problems when switching between multiple versions of the same third-party library (like e.g. wxPython allows to do).
Fix a stupid bug with modules importing optparse (under Linux) (thanks to Louai Al-Khanji).
Under Python 2.4+, if an exception is raised while importing a module inside a package, the module is now removed from the parent’s namespace (to match the behaviour of Python itself).
Fix random race-condition at startup of one-file packages, that was causing this exception to be generated: “PYZ entry ‘encodings’ (0j) is not a valid code object”.
Fix problem when having unicode strings among path elements.
Fix random exception (“bad file descriptor”) with “prints” in non-console mode (actually a pythonw “bug” that’s fixed in Python 3.0).
Sometimes the temporary directory did not get removed upon program exit, when running on Linux.
Fixed random segfaults at startup on 64-bit platforms (like x86-64).
Fix bug with user-provided icons disappearing from built executables when these were compressed with UPX.
Fix problems with packaging of applications using PIL (that was broken because of a bug in Python’s import machinery, in recent Python versions). Also add a workaround including Tcl/Tk with PIL unless ImageTk is imported.
(Windows) When used under Windows XP, packaged programs now have the correct look & feel and follow user’s themes (thanks to the manifest file being linked within the generated executable). This is especially useful for applications using wxPython.
Fix a buffer overrun in the bootloader (which could lead to a crash) when the built executable is run from within a deep directory (more than 70-80 characters in the pathname).
Bootstrap modules are now compressed in the executable (so that they are not visible in plaintext by just looking at it with a hex editor).
Fixed a regression introduced in 1.1: under Linux, the bootloader does not depend on libpythonX.X.so anymore.
Fix a crash when invoking UPX with certain kinds of builds.
Fix icon support by re-adding a resource section in the bootloader executable.
(Windows) Make single-file packages not depend on MSVCRT71.DLL anymore, even under Python 2.4. You can eventually ship your programs really as single-file executables, even when using the newest Python version!
Fix problem with incorrect python path detection. Now using helpers from distutils.
Fix problem with rare encodings introduced in newer Python versions: now all the encodings are automatically found and included, so this problem should be gone forever.
Fix building of COM servers (was broken in 1.0 because of the new build system).
Mimic Python 2.4 behaviour with broken imports: sys.modules is cleaned up afterwise. This allows to package SQLObject applications under Windows with Python 2.4 and above.
Add import hook for the following packages:
PyOpenGL (tested 2.0.1.09)
dsnpython (tested 1.3.4)
KInterasDB (courtesy of Eugene Prigorodov)
Fix packaging of code using “time.strptime” under Python 2.3+.
(Linux) Ignore linux-gate.so while calculating dependencies (fix provided by Vikram Aggarwal).
(Windows) With Python 2.4, setup UPX properly so to be able to compress binaries generated with Visual Studio .NET 2003 (such as most of the extensions). UPX 1.92+ is needed for this.
1.0 (2005-09-19) with respect to McMillan’s Python Installer 5b5¶
Add support for Python 2.3 (fix packaging of codecs).
Add support for Python 2.4 (under Windows, needed to recompiled the bootloader with a different compiler version).
Fix support for Python 1.5.2, should be fully functional now (required to rewrite some parts of the string module for the bootloader).
Fix a rare bug in extracting the dependencies of a DLL (bug in PE header parser).
Fix packaging of PyQt programs (needed an import hook for a hidden import).
Fix imports calculation for modules using the “from __init__ import” syntax.
Fix a packaging bug when a module was being import both through binary dependency and direct import.
Restyle documentation (now using docutils and reStructuredText).
New Windows build system for automatic compilations of bootloader in all the required flavours (using Scons)