Byte code for python

Erik Max Francis max at
Sat Feb 15 11:50:53 CET 2003

Paul Rubin wrote:

> "Use the force, read the source".  There's no notion of a Python
> virtual machine able to run the same bytecodes across multiple
> implementations; therefore, bytecode format isn't part of the Python
> specification.

And, for concreteness, the bytecode can change from release to release. 
One probably shouldn't aim at the Python VM as a target, because it's a
moving one; it's not designed to be a separate entity.

That being said, there is a Wiki in progress devoted to the Python
virtual machine specification:

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