[Python-Dev] Importing packages from command line

Nick Coghlan ncoghlan at iinet.net.au
Mon Dec 22 05:50:01 EST 2003

Dmitry Vasiliev wrote:

> The main idea is to treating package as a program and run package 
> initialization code from command line. The advantage is zipping all 
> program modules in one zip archive and running the program from command 
> line without unzipping it, like Java's jar's. But this idea need more 
> thoughts however...

   python runzip.py mypkg.zip

where runzip.py is a pure Python script that works as you suggest.

I'm fairly sure zipimport would allow you to write the program you 
describe in pure Python. I've obviously never written such a program, 

It's certainly an interesting packaging idea for small Python programs 
with several files, but for which a full-blown installer would be overkill.


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