[Python-ideas] size of the installation of Python on mobile devices

Terry Reedy tjreedy at udel.edu
Fri Jul 29 03:07:45 EDT 2016

On 7/28/2016 12:30 PM, Xavier de Gaye wrote:
> Issue 26852 [1] proposes an enhancement to reduce the size of the Python
> installation by using a sourceless distribution. It seems that
> discussion on this problem (the size of the Python installation on
> mobile devices) should be moved here.
> IMHO there is no need to debate on the fact that a full install of
> Python on a mobile device today is a problem.
> As a reference, here is a raw estimation of the sizes of the different
> installs:
>     full install: 111M
>     without the test suite: 53M
>     without the test suite and as a sourceless distribution: 23M
>     same as above but also without ensurepip: 14M

I believe unicodedata is at least a couple more MB, and, I believe, 
dispensible for more purposes.

> It would be useful to find the references to the previous discussions
> related to sourceless distributions, especially the reasons why their
> use is discouraged.
> Xavier
> [1] http://bugs.python.org/issue26852
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Terry Jan Reedy

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