Odd “find” Behavior Under Windows: “paths must precede expression”

I noticed a problem in the “find” version being delivered in the currently available GnuWin32. I have csproj files strewn throughout a tree. Most of the sln files are in the root. I can search for csproj‘s but I get an error with sln‘s.

D:\sc_root>c:\gnu\find . -name "*.csproj"

D:\sc_root>c:\gnu\find . -name "*.sln"
c:\gnu\find: paths must precede expression
Usage: c:\gnu\find [-H] [-L] [-P] [path...] [expression]

Of course I’m already using quotes to prevent premature expansion but it’s not making a difference.

It looks like this might be a recent bug. If you sabotage Windows’ ability to expand before find can process the expression by using something Windows can’t understand, then it’ll work just fine:

c:\sc_root>c:\gnu\find . -name "*[.]sln"

Special thanks for this SO post.

SSL for Python (M2Crypto) on Windows

M2Crypto is the most versatile and popular SSL library for Python. Naturally, it takes a predictable amount of burden getting it to work under Windows.

If you’re lucky, you can find a precompiled binary online, and circumvent the heartache. Though many pages have come and gone, here is one that works, courtesy of the grr project: M2Crypto.

Not only do they provide a [non-trivial] set of instructions on how to build the binaries yourself, but they present binaries, as well. Though the binaries are hosted on Google Code (and unlikely to go away), I’ve hosted them, too, for brevity:


Note that these binaries, as given, are not installable Python packages. I have produced and published two such packages to PyPI, for your convenience: