[Distutils] Import extensions from zipfiles (windows only)

Thomas Heller theller at python.net
Thu Dec 16 20:58:41 CET 2004

"Phillip J. Eby" <pje at telecommunity.com> writes:

> At 09:15 PM 12/15/2004 +0100, Thomas Heller wrote:
>>I have a first working version of an importer which can import extension
>>modules from zipfiles, avoiding to unpack them to the file system.
>>License is still LGPL, unfortunately.
>>Subscribers to the py2exe-users list already know that it uses this code
>>which simulates the windows LoadLibrary call:
>>  http://www.joachim-bauch.de/tutorials/load_dll_memory.html
>>It works in simple cases, the only ones that I have tested so far.
>>Shall I publish it for experimentation?
> Doesn't this technique require an extension module, which would mean
> in turn that we can't bootstrap it from the zipfile?  That is, it
> would have to be included in Python, which the LGPL would rule out
> anyway.
> Still, it sounds most interesting.

In case you haven't seen the announcement I made here's the link:


> I hope in another week or two to have some time to hammer out a
> prototype for a self-extract API and a setuptools extension to build a
> basic archive format.  I'm thinking that rather than allowing metadata
> to be a holdup, I'd like to get a base implementation we can
> experiment with.  In that regard, your technique sounds useful too,
> but I'm kind of wary about the licensing issue.

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