[Biopython-dev] Biopython for Windows NT

Nissim Broudo nissim at math.ufl.edu
Fri Jun 15 13:05:19 EDT 2001

Hi Brad,

Thanks for writing back.  You were correct to guess that the text box I'm
being prompted with is requesting my Python installation.

I looked at the options you listed and by process of elimination, the
problem is that I am running Python 2.1.  Should I go ahead and install
Python 2.0 or should I wait for a biopython versions that relies on 2.1 ?
Either way is fine with me.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Brad Chapman" <chapmanb at arches.uga.edu>
To: "Nissim Broudo" <nissim at math.ufl.edu>
Cc: <biopython-dev at biopython.org>
Sent: Friday, June 15, 2001 7:42 PM
Subject: Re: [Biopython-dev] Biopython for Windows NT

> Hi Nissim;
> Thanks for writing -- apologies for the delay in getting back with
> you. Our windows sysadmin just got back today so that I could get
> myself permissions to test this out and try installing on 2000
> machines. Thanks for waiting.
> > I downloaded the self-installing executable
> >
> > biopython-1.00a1.win32-py2.0.exe
> >
> > to my PC running Windows NT.  When I go ahead and run it, I'm
> > prompted for the 'installation directory', but the text box
> > won't accept any characters.  Any ideas ?
> I'm not sure if I exactly know what box you are talking about, but I'm
> thinking this is the initial box where it tries to find your Python
> installation. I hope that is right and the rest of this mail helps.
> After playing around with this for a while on both 98 and Windows 2000
> (sorry that we don't have an NT box at my lab to try it on), I've come
> to grips with some reasons why this might not be working. Basically,
> it appears that the installer looks in the registry for a Python
> installation, and pulls out all of the applicable installs. If it
> doesn't find an installation, the type-in box will be useless (as you
> found out). The installer was built using distutils, so this is a
> limitation there.
> The best thing to do is to make sure it finds your python
> installation. I can think of the following reasons why it might not
> find python:
> -> You don't have python installed.
> -> You don't have the right version of python installed. The installer
> requires python 2.0. If you need a version for 2.1, I can make one for
> you.
> -> The installation of python is not in the registry for all
> users. Under Windows 2000, if you install python without Administrator
> permissions, the registry info for python will only be available for
> the user who installed it. The fix here is to reinstall python with
> Administrator permissions.
> Does this help the problem? Don't hesitate to ask again if you have
> more problems getting it running.
> Brad

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