[Python-Dev] hook for standalone executable

Alex Martelli aleax at aleax.it
Sat Aug 9 10:33:27 EDT 2003

On Saturday 09 August 2003 07:34, Mark Hammond wrote:
> I'm with Jack to some extent - it seems a little hacky.  But the problem
> is real.

Jack's point -- that my half-baked idea about changing behavior depending
on the executable's name is insecure due e.g. to the possibility of links to
a setuid executable -- is perfectly well taken.  I'm not sure that there is 
a "real need" for such an examination of the executable-name.  Thus,
rather than:

> * Make changes to Py_Main() necessary to better support "hard-embedders",
> which may include custom sys.argv/environ processing.
> * Propose a new executable that some Python platforms can choose to
> distribute - eg, 'python-package{.exe}'.  This is really just identical
> to python.exe, but with the only 'if doesnt start with 'python'' parts of
> your proposal.

it seems to me that giving up on the "only if it doesn't start with python"
specific tidbit.  Rather, 'python-package.exe' could be distributed with
the new parts of the code  turned on (and perhaps with the parts only 
needed for interactive interpretation turned off -- optional, just to save
some space & perhaps enhance security a bit), if that makes life any
easier on some platforms; thus python.exe itself would remain pristine
if desired (presumably all of this new stuff might depend on some kind
of --with... switch to ./configure).


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