On 29 May 2015 at 09:36, Steven D'Aprano email@example.com wrote:
The point is, in the Linux circles I move in, this idea of single file installation would be about as popular as a police raid at a rave club. Maybe you move in different circles (perhaps more enterprisey?), but I can already imagine the sort of derogatory comments the sys admins I work with would make about this idea.
In my environments, we frequently have ancient versions of RHEL installed, sometimes with no Python at all (IIRC) or nothing better than 2.4. The sysadmins won't install newer versions, as Python isn't formally needed, but we'd happily use it for adhoc admin-style scripts (the alternative is typically shell scripts or nothing). It's not precisely acceptable, but being able to create a single-file small executable in the support user's home directory made from an admin script would be immensely useful.
It's hardly a core use case, and we generally just live with shell scripts, but such environments *do* exist :-(