Downloadable code archive ( à la Java JAR file)?

Graham Fawcett gmfawcett at
Fri Aug 31 17:33:45 CEST 2001

Hi folks,

Does anyone out there have a stable __import__ hook to allow the easy addition 
of an archive file containing Python bytecode to sys.path? (Or the URL of such 
an archive...)

I'm trying to roll my own, based on Gordon McMillan's installer utils, but am 
finding that the distutils/__import__ hook business is one best left to 
greater minds than mine.

The major problem with Gordon's code (for my purposes) is that he uses 
archives as flat namespaces, and I'd like to go hierarchical. The possibility 
of having abitrary resource file in the archive would be a benefit.

Thanks very much for your help.

Graham Fawcett
gmfawcett at

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