[Python-Dev] Re: Stability and change

Aahz aahz@pythoncraft.com
Wed, 10 Apr 2002 10:19:34 -0400

On Wed, Apr 10, 2002, Tim Peters wrote:
>> Seems to me that for dev releases, there's no need for a "Windows
>> installer".  A zip file that contains the necessary install tree ought
>> to be sufficient.
> The Windows install tree is a radical rearrangement of the Windows build
> tree:  building an installer and running it is the fastest way to build an
> install tree.  Building a zip file on top of that would actually take more
> time (BTW, the Windows installer .exe *is* a kind of standard zip file:  you
> can open it directly with WinZip and browse its contents).

Ah.  Okay, is shipping a zip of the build tree (plus a couple of MSVCRT
libraries) sufficient to run Python?  Would that be any less effort?
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