[osgeo4w-dev] Python on the registry

Howard Butler hobu.inc at gmail.com
Thu Jun 4 10:23:46 EDT 2009

On Jun 4, 2009, at 9:20 AM, Lucena, Ivan wrote:

> Hi there,
> OSGeo4W installer does not add Python the Windows registry, right?
> The problem with that is when you try to run any ".exe" package  
> distribution it stop and say: "Could not find Python
> on the registry" and there is no browser button to look for it.  
> Examples: Mapplotlib and mod_python installers.
> Here is what I did and it worked fine:
> {{{
> Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
> [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Python\PythonCore\2.5\InstallPath]
> @="C:\\OSGeo4W\\apps\\Python25"
> [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Python\PythonCore\2.5\PythonPath]
> @="C:\\OSGeo4W\\apps\\Python25\\Lib;C:\\OSGeo4W\\apps\\Python25\ 
> \DLLs;C:\\OSGeo4W\\apps\\Python25\\Li
> b\\lib-tk"
> }}}
> But I would like teach some "end-user" kind of people how to easily  
> install 'Python+GDAL+Numpy+PyLab' and that
> would be helpful to eliminate this windows registration step. If  
> they can't find the "egg"s.
> Is that intentional? To avoid conflict with other Python  
> installations maybe. I bet it is related to user's permission.
> Right?

It is intentional to not conflict with a user's existing installs.

I think a pair of batch files that add and remove the registry entries  
to make they OSGeo4W Python version the system-wide one would be  
sufficient.  It would then require the user to manually and knowingly  
do something that the OSGeo4W installer shouldn't make an assumption  

Additionally, you can use eggs in stead of .exe installers if they are  
available to get around the registry-finding problem.  I know that not  
every package has those available though (GDAL does for this reason,  
for example).


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