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Misleading description of 'binaries' in the doc of spec files #4283

KenTsui opened this issue Jun 24, 2019 · 1 comment · Fixed by #4476


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@KenTsui KenTsui commented Jun 24, 2019

The following code is an example provided in the documentation of spec files to introduce how to use binaries.

a = Analysis(...
         binaries=[ ( '/usr/lib/libiodbc.2.dylib', 'libiodbc.dylib' ) ],

It seems to suggest that the syntax is binaries = [ (<binary path>, <destination path>) ].

But after inspecting the unzipped executable in a temp folder compiled using Pyinstaller 3.5.dev0 under Python 3.7 in Windows 10, it is discovered that the actual syntax is binaries = [ (<binary path>, <destination **folder**>) ].

For example, if you specify binaries = [ ( 'C:\\helloworld.exe', 'helloworld.exe' ) ]. You would find the folder structure of the unarchived executable as follows

├── helloworld.exe (*this is a folder)
│ └──helloworld.exe (*this is an executable)

P.S. My first time to open an issue in GitHub, please let me know if I need to provide any extra info.


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@htgoebel htgoebel commented Aug 7, 2019

Thanks for reporting. Indeed the documentation could be improved here.

For generating the destination names for both data and binaries, the same code is used (format_binaries_and_datas), thus they behave the same.

P.S. My first time to open an issue in GitHub, please let me know if I need to provide any extra info.

Well done! :-) Now what about submitting you first pull-request :-) See our Development Guide on how to create pull-requests for PyInstaller. Thanks.

You could adopt (correct) the example, maybe even add a second one, and refer to the Adding Data Files section for details.

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