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Build PyHoca-GUI for MS Windows

To make development of pyhoca possible, you need several tools.

Pyhoca is written in python and the gui is written in wxpython. Currently due to problems with the winrandom package, it is only possible to generate a 32 bit version of pyhoca. When installing, please keep the order given here

System Preparations

Downloading Software Packages

The follow libraries are used

gevent 1.0rc3 is currently specified because is is the last gevent release with a windows installer.

PyHoca-GUI uses one of the below freezers (i.e. tools to generate a pyhoca-gui.exe plus programme/data folder):

easy install should be executed from the windows commandline!
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Obtaining an X-Server for Windows (optional)

One of the following X-servers (actually VcXsrv is your way to go here!!! However, its core files are included in pyhoca-contrib.git, see below).

After installation download the current code base by starting the git-bash shell and type

  • git clone git://
  • git clone git://
  • git clone git://

This can best be done in the MingW32 shell that comes with the Git package. Note that pyhoca-contrib.git contains quite an amount of binary data/files. Its cloning can take a while.

Test-Running PyHoca

Adding Python to $PATH

After having all installers download and installs and the Git working copies are in place, make sure the Git Bash has the python shell in its $PATH:

# presuming that you installed Python 2.7 to C:\Python27

Installing Python X2Go

Then make sure that Python X2Go is properly installed in a non-egg'ish way:

$ cd python-x2go && python install_lib && python install && cd -

If you want to install a special version of Python X2Go, use 'git checkout to get a specific version:

$ cd python-x2go && git checkout <the-version-you-want> && cd -

A list of available versions can be listed with git tag executed in the python-x2go directory.

Choosing the PyHoca-GUI Version

Before testing/building PyHoca-GUI, you may want to choose the version of PyHoca-GUI to use, use git checkout to get a specific version:

$ cd pyhoca-gui && git checkout <the-version-you-want> && cd -

A list of available versions can be listed with git tag executed in the pyhoca-gui directory.

If you want to test/build bleeding edge code, build PyHoca-GUI from the master branch.

As the development of PyHoca-GUI is closely entangled with the development of Python X2Go, for bleeding edge code it is recommended to use the master branches of both projects.

$ cd python-x2go && git checkout master && cd -
$ cd python-x2go && python install_lib && python install && cd -
$ cd pyhoca-gui && git checkout master && cd -

Launching PyHoca-GUI from the Cmdline

A test launch of PyHoca-GUI can now be done with this command:

$ cd pyhoca-gui
$ ./pyhoca-gui --start-xserver --lang=<your-lang-shortcut>

(… where <your-lang-shortcut> can be de, nl, da, etc.). If the –lang parameter is omitted, the application will run in English.

Building the Windows Installer Setup

To build a MS Windows Installer (32-bit) of PyHoca-GUI, run the following command:

$ cd pyhoca-gui
$ python build_exe
wiki/development/build-howto-mswin/pyhoca-gui.txt · Last modified: 2015/01/24 13:59 by mikedep333