Making services more like regular win32 apps
From http://osdir.com/ml/python.py2exe/2007-01/msg00003.html, update your setup.py to look something like this:
myservice = Target( # used for the versioninfo resource description = "A sample Windows NT service", # what to build. For a service, the module name (not the # filename) must be specified! modules = ["MyService"], cmdline_style='pywin32', ) setup( service = [myservice], )
See samples\advanced\setup.py for more details.
Note: using an object for setup() is a py2exe extension of distutils
The standard win32 commands for HandleCommandLine():
Without the cmdline_style parameter, you get this output from running your service in CMD:
Services are supposed to be run by the system after they have been installed. These command line options are available for (de)installation: -help -install -remove -auto -disabled -interactive -user: <arg> -password: <arg> Connecting to the Service Control Manager Traceback (most recent call last): File "boot_service.py", line 173, in ? pywintypes.error: (1063, 'StartServiceCtrlDispatcher', 'The service process could not connect to the service controller.')
Things that can go wrong with py2exe and services
within demos/advanced there is an example to create windows services with py2exe. It works quite out of the box.
Difficulties arise later on - as soon as you wanna do something REAL with that service.
Python could not import the service's module File "C:\ham\jds\syncservice.py", line 21, in ? import transinhalte File "C:\ham\jds\transinhalte.py", line 17, in ? import unite File "C:\ham\jds\unite.py", line 9, in ? import version exceptions.ImportError: dynamic module does not define init function (initversion)
yours might be different ... what went wrong????
Everything worked fine as long as I was running that service within debug mode. Then, starting it up as "real service", this error appeared.
a Mail of Gerald Haering showed me the light: when a service is started, all paths are TOTALLY DIFFERENT ANIMALS then in any other running state of python... so, the service tried to load version.dll, which is something that comes within windows/system32, and of course has NO Python init-code.
Make sure that NONE of your Python module names conflicts with ANY of the windows system dll names