[Python-Dev] Re: hook for standalone executable
gmcm at hypernet.com
Fri Aug 15 09:24:36 EDT 2003
> I don't think zipimport supports importing from zip files
> with appended stuff. I suspect it needs to know the last N
> bytes form the zip length.
Don't know about zipimport, but zip files are designed
to be opened from the back.
> I suppose some executable formats do not like extra data
> appended at the end.
It's an ELF / COFF trick.
[Neil Schemenauer again]
> I mean that Unix users are less likely to want a stand-alone
> executable instead of a Python script. Also, stand-alone
> executables are usually intended for end users with little or
> no Python development skills. Almost all of those people are
> using windows.
It may be a surprise to the developer community, but there are
a lot of Unix users who are not developers and do not have
root priveleges on their machines. These people want to install
to ~/bin and don't particularly care what the install looks like.
In this country it's usually analysts, statisticians and scientists.
In other countries where MS is not so popular, it's anybody.
The trick being discussed really doesn't cut the mustard on
*nix anyway, because shared libs will be involved.
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