How big is python24.dll?

David Fraser davidf at
Tue Jul 13 10:15:27 CEST 2004

Martin v. Löwis wrote:
> Delaney, Timothy C (Timothy) wrote:
>> Ouch. Did changing to .Net 2003 add that much overhead? Do we know 
>> what it would be with VC6?
> No, and no. python24.dll incorporates many extension modules which were
> separate .pyd files before. In particular, it contains all .pyd files
> which don't require additional libraries (DLLs or external libraries).
> A number of new extension modules were added for 2.4 also, which got
> incorporated into python24.dll.
> If you want to know the precise numbers, create a list of DLLs for
> Python 2.3, and a similar list for Python 2.4, and see what files
> went away. Also, compare the list of builtin modules to find out
> what modules have been added since 2.3.
> If this kind of combination has any effect on the size, it rather
> causes to safe space than to waste it: that way, Python ships with
> less DLLs, which means fewer files, and less overhead for DLL
> data structures.

It may save space for the standard Python build. But it will make it 
harder to save space on py2exe or frozen Python programs for example...


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