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Bugs Everywhere (BEurtle fork) -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= Forked by Niall Douglas

Herein is a fork by me from the master BE GIT repo at The main change is that I have patched BE in various ways to make it work better on Windows. The following may or may not have been incorporated upstream by the time you read this:

  1. Added in a be.bat and as a command

2. Hacked around Windows’s inability for parent processes to set the stdin/stdout charset for child processes by going via environment variables, namely BE_INPUT_ENCODING and BE_OUTPUT_ENCODING. You can use these to get the BE process to interpret stdin and stdout as UTF-8 or whatever.

3. Hacked a version generating script (!Generate_version.bat) as most Windows folk won’t have sed and awk kicking around.

4. Made several hacks to enable BE running from within a ZIP archive. This lets you package up BE into a self contained Windows install which is extremely useful for BEurtle’s purposes. You’ll need bbfreeze (easy_install bbfreeze) for the script ! to work, and it will spit out a self-contained directory into dist.

5. Added be vcs, a thin wrapper for the VCS API in the storage backend. This lets you talk to the underlying VCS via BE rather than having to write your own VCS support code. This lets BEurtle drop its VCS support code entirely which is great.

Note that I haven’t had any success with getting BE to run under IronPython. It also crashes out an IronPython compile. Furthermore I haven’t got PyInstaller to work, nor py2exe. You can see their scripts in the notworking directory. Even if you look into ! you’ll see extensive hacking of the output because BE is written in a particular dynamic way which prevents correct static analysis, so all the standard ways of bundling it up fail to include most of BE and its dependencies.

Niall Douglas February 2012

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