Cannot install Python on wine

Alan W. Irwin irwin at
Mon Dec 6 15:19:53 CST 2010

Here is what I have tried to install Python under wine so far
following what is recommended in This was done using
wine-1.3.8 with WINEDEBUG set to nothing (i.e., "WINEDEBUG=") so
that all warning/error messages would be output.

wine at raven> wine msiexec /i python-2.7.1.amd64.msi
fixme:storage:create_storagefile Storage share mode not implemented.
fixme:advapi:LookupAccountNameW (null) L"wine" (nil) 0x32f130 (nil)
0x32f134 0x32f128 - stub
fixme:advapi:LookupAccountNameW (null) L"wine" 0x179f10 0x32f130
0x176bf8 0x32f134 0x32f128 - stub

The lack of err: messages is encouraging.  In particular notice these
results have no

err:msi:call_script Could not find CLSID for Windows Script

which seemed to be an issue for another wine user that has attempted
this with prior wine versions.

So I had some hope that the above command actually worked, but it
returned very quickly with no other response than above, and "find
-name python.exe found nothing created by it in the whole wine account
area I have set up to deal with wine matters.  Thus, I don't think it

Is there some clue in the above fixme messages that indicates something
fatal happened with msiexec?

Is there anything else I should be doing?  Another thread about
a prior unsuccessful attempt to install Python under wine had this quote:

"I have downloaded and placed
it in the .wine/drive_c/windows/system directory."

I don't have a clue about the significance of that step since I have
no Windows experience and little wine experience. Is that step
important or is it no longer necessary with wine-1.3.8?  Anyhow,
my test above was without that step since I didn't understand
its necessity/significance.

To give you some background about my use case, my development
environment has been exclusively Linux since 1996, and I have no
Microsoft Windows experience at all. Nevertheless, I help with
developing the PLplot package which works on all of Linux, Mac OS X,
and Windows so I try to help out the PLplot Windows developers by
attempting to build PLplot under wine to follow/confirm what they do
and any errors they find. As part of that work, I would like to test
the optional PLplot Python bindings under wine which motivates my
interest in installing the Windows version of Python under wine.

Any help with the proper procedure for installing Python under wine
would be much appreciated.

Alan W. Irwin

Astronomical research affiliation with Department of Physics and Astronomy,
University of Victoria (

Programming affiliations with the FreeEOS equation-of-state implementation
for stellar interiors (; PLplot scientific plotting software
package (; the libLASi project (; the Loads of
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