[SciPy-user] Ipython weirdness!

Gary Pajer gpajer at rider.edu
Thu Aug 11 09:34:23 CDT 2005

Howey, David A wrote:

>I'd be most grateful if anyone could help with this problem.
>From: scipy-user-bounces at scipy.net on behalf of Howey, David A
>Sent: Wed 10/08/2005 10:46
>To: SciPy Users List
>Subject: [SciPy-user] Installing Ipython
>I'm getting a strange error when trying to install IPython on my wife's laptop (under Win98SE). Everything else (Python 2.3, IDLE, ctypes, readline, scipy, numpy, matplotlib etc) is installed on the laptop and works fine. But when I install Ipython, when it's running the post install script, I get the following error:
>Traceback (most recent call last):
> File "<string>", line 74, in ?
> File "<string>", line 22, in install
>OSError: no such folder (CSIDL_COMMON_PROGRAMS)
>*** run_installscript: internal error 0xFFFFFFF ***
Sorry I can't be specific.   But you may save time by just uninstalling 
everything and reinstalling.  It doesn't take that long on Windows.

I googled CSIDL_COMMON_PROGRAMS  and discovered: 

    The file system directory that contains the directories for the
    common program groups that appear on the *Start* menu for all users.
    A typical path is C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start
    Menu\Programs. Valid only for Windows NT systems.

I don't know exactly if that helps.  You could check and see if  
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs exists on your 
system.   (Did that folder exist in Win98??    I can't recall ... Win98 
was not based on NT ...     HTH a little bit.


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