Python program distribution revisited

Mark C mchalkley at
Sat Jun 1 00:36:53 CEST 2002

Python availability on "standard" Windows installations would sure be 
nice, but I don't expect that in the next 5 years unless Python takes 
off a whole lot faster than Perl has.  Not that it isn't possible, 

Perl is still not available "by default".  I distribute Perl 
applications by using ActiveState's PerlApp.  It allows you to create an 
exe that's about 450k with everything it needs in one file.  
Alternatively, if you're installing several apps, you can include a 
single 650k dll and each exe will be 120k or so in size, depending, of 
course on how complicated the app is.

All in all, ActiveState's approach is very convenient, works well, and 
is easy for both the developer and the end-user to use.


In article <XjpJ8.48983$%u2.28695 at>, 
sholden at says...
> "Chris Liechti" <cliechti at> wrote ...
> Also note that Python is probably around where Perl was ten years ago in
> terms of distribution, but growing fast in popularity. Fairly soon now (as
> opposed top RSN :-) you should be able to rely on new computers having
> Python support built in. Then you just have the same versioning problems you
> get with Perl, and no need to distribute in installer form. Although there's
> no reason why installer distribution shouldn't continue to work just like it
> does now.
> Does the Windows environment include Perl by default? How do you distribute
> your applications to Windows users?
> regards
>  Steve
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