crossplatform py2exe - would it be useful?

Alex Martelli aleax at
Thu Aug 7 14:37:27 CEST 2003

Oren Tirosh wrote:

> On Wed, Aug 06, 2003 at 08:36:20PM +0200, Thomas Heller wrote:
>> I'm currently working on a new version of py2exe, which will require
>> Python 2.3 and later, because it uses the zipimport mechanism.
> Now that zipimport is part of Python the code required for bootstrapping
> a py2exe runtime is just:
> myscript -c "import sys; sys.path.insert(0, sys.executable); import foo"
> This reduces the difference between the custom interpreter supplied with
> py2exe and the standard interpreter to just a few lines of C.
> The obvious question is - why not go all the way and put this little
> hook into the standard Python distribution? This way py2exe could be a
> platform-independent pure Python application. In fact, py2exe wouldn't
> actually be necessary because anyone could create a zip file manually and
> append it to the executable but it's more convenient to have a tool that
> automates the process and finds the required dependencies.

Sounds like a good idea to me, if a sensible name is chosen for the
"main module" (I propose 'main':-).  Take it to Python-Dev...?  I even
wonder if it's unobtrusive enough to be considered (as a "bugfix"...:-)
for 2.3.1, rather than having to get into 2.4 and thus wait a LONG time...


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