[Python-Dev] Importing packages from command line

Dmitry Vasiliev lists at hlabs.spb.ru
Tue Dec 23 06:05:37 EST 2003

Nick Coghlan wrote:
> 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, 
> though.

Code is fairly simple.

import sys
sys.path.insert(0, "module.zip")
import module

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

Dmitry Vasiliev (dima at hlabs.spb.ru)

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