But it seems that there is a demand for this sort of thing, and a few major projects are rolling their own. So maybe it makes sense to put something into the standard library that everyone could contribute to and use.
With regard to forking -- is there another way? I don't have the expertise to have any idea if this is possible, but:
start up python
capture the entire runtime image as a single binary blob.
could that blob be simply loaded into memory and run?
(hmm -- probably not -- memory addresses would be hard-coded then, yes?) or is memory virtualized enough these days?
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