Recipe for freezing 4Suite or Amara apps (cross-platform)

Updated based on user experience.

Recently a user mentioned having trouble freezing an Amara app. This question comes up every six months or so, it seems, so I decided to make sure I have a recipe for easy reference. I also wanted to make sure that successful freezing would not require any changes in 4Suite before the next release. I started with the most recent success report I could find, by Roman Yakovenko. Actually, his recipe ran perfectly well as is. All I'm doing here is expanding on it.

Recipe: freezing 4Suite or Amara apps

Grab cxFreeze. I used the 3.0.1 release, which I built from source on Fedora Core 4 Linux and Python 2.4.1). Updated: I've updated to work with cxFreeze 3.0.2, thanks to Luis Miguel Morillas.

Grab, which was originally put together by Roman. Add it to your PYTHONPATH.

Add import freezehack to your main Python module for the executable to be created. update actually, based on Mike Powers' experience you might have to add this import to every module that imports amara or Ft.

Freeze your program as usual. Run FreezePython.exe (or FreezePython on UNIX).

See the following sample session:

$ cat
import freezehack
import amara
diggfeed = amara.parse("")

$ FreezePython --install-dir dist --target-name testexe
Frozen binary dist/testexe created.

$ ./dist/testexe
Guess-the-Google - Simple but addictive game

In order to share the executable you have to copy the whole dist directory to the target machine, but that's all you should need to do. Python, 4Suite, Amara and any other such dependencies are bundled automatically.

Now back to the release.

[Uche Ogbuji]

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