Distributing Python apps

Bjorn Pettersen BPettersen at NAREX.com
Mon Jan 6 20:17:32 CET 2003

> From: Just van Rossum [mailto:just at letterror.com] 
> Bjorn Pettersen wrote:
> > [ ... ] It seems it might be useful to add a module to the library 
> > that emits the graph either through static analysis, or by logging 
> > imports during a run. Static analysis could probably catch 95% of
> > imports, and even with run-time logging you might be hosed if you 
> > don't execute the program path that imports a module. If you combine

> > them I would think you'd get in the 99% range (which I think is
> > acceptable for a language like Python).
> Python 2.3a1 contains modulefinder.py (used to be part of the 
> Freeze package). It does static import analysis and keeps 
> track of which modules import which. It still needs to be 
> documented, though... It only misses imports done in exec 
> statements and by __import__ calls.

Coolness :-) Let's see someone do that in C++ <grin>. What kind of
documentation are you looking for? (end user, packager developer, doc

My favorite part of the code
ib/modulefinder.py?rev=1.2&content-type=text/vnd.viewcvs-markup) had to

  if op >= dis.HAVE_ARGUMENT:
      oparg = ord(code[i]) + ord(code[i+1])*256
      i = i+2

black-magic-is-only-for-the-initiated'ly y'rs
-- bjorn

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