Python comment stripper

Dennis Reinhardt DennisR at
Thu Sep 19 06:22:07 CEST 2002

> Um ... if you are including Python22.dll in the download, surely that is
> dwarfing your code size?
> Therefore your package sizes would go from 368 KB -> 366 KB.

Compressing a single .py file is lost in noise, agreed.

> Even assuming you have 100 times as much (compressed) code, and the
> savings are identical:
> 663 KB -> 499 KB
> Is the savings worth the hassle?

The entire lib directory is 177 files comprising 1.92 Mb.  The corresponding
savings are (approximately)
910 -> 610 Kb.  One packaging possibility here is that a Python EXE consists
of Python22.DLL and the entire lib directory at a cost of approximately 610
Kb.  There is no dependency checking.  Wham -- the entire library is
included.  Indeed, building this could be done on a web page by dropping
your main Python code into a web edit box (see
www. for an online EXE builder I
operate)  That sounds pretty hassle-free to me.  It is also time-consuming
to unpack dynamically (not an obvious tradeoff).  At 910 Kb, we are getting
closer to doing a full install in terms of download size.

There are other packaging possibilities.  I cannot promise I will go the way
hinted above.  Right now, a comment stripper is not perfected and that is a
major holdback.   My own thinking is I will not do comment stripping in
first release.  There are other follow on ideas I am mulling over if this
app gains a following.

The savings vs. hassle tradeoff has some favorable and some unfavorable
domains.  I don't think there is a single yes/no answer.

Dennis Reinhardt

DennisR at

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