[tahoe-dev] [tahoe-lafs] #1274: eliminate pywin32 dependency

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Thu Jan 20 00:51:04 UTC 2011

#1274: eliminate pywin32 dependency
     Reporter:  davidsarah    |       Owner:  davidsarah                                   
         Type:  defect        |      Status:  new                                          
     Priority:  major         |   Milestone:  1.8.2                                        
    Component:  code-storage  |     Version:  1.8.0                                        
   Resolution:                |    Keywords:  pywin32 windows win64 docs-needed news-needed
Launchpad Bug:                |  

Comment (by davidsarah):

 Replying to [comment:12 zooko]:
 > We can now update [http://tahoe-lafs.org/source/tahoe-
 lafs/trunk/docs/quickstart.html quickstart.html] to no longer mention
 {{{pywin32}}}! Hooray! :-)

 Not so fast! Tahoe itself no longer directly depends on pywin32, but
 Twisted does. Specifically, in [source:src/allmydata/test/test_runner.py],
 Tahoe uses
 twisted.internet.utils.getProcessOutputAndValue], which indirectly uses
 _dumbwin32proc.py] and
 _pollingfile.py] from Twisted.
 Tahoe also has one call to {{{getProcessOutput}}} in

 There are two options for getting rid of this indirect dependency:
 * change the Twisted code to use ctypes. The two files I mentioned use 12
 Win32 API functions (!WaitForSingleObject, !GetExitCodeProcess,
 !CreatePipe, !SetNamedPipeHandleState, !GetCurrentProcess,
 !DuplicateHandle, !CloseHandle, !CreateProcess, !TerminateProcess,
 !PeekNamedPipe, !ReadFile, !WriteFile), and two structures
 (SECURITY_ATTRIBUTES, STARTUPINFO). This is probably a few hours work to
 translate to ctypes.
 * change {{{test_runner.py}}} and {{{iputil.py}}} to use the
 {{{subprocess}}} module.

 I was originally thinking of the first of these options, but the second
 seems easier, and maybe even feasible for 1.8.2. I'll try it after I'm
 done pushing the 1.8.2 patches that have already been reviewed.

Ticket URL: <http://tahoe-lafs.org/trac/tahoe-lafs/ticket/1274#comment:14>
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