Cross Compiler for Python?

Hendrik van Rooyen mail at
Mon Jul 7 10:15:59 CEST 2008

Up to now, I have been innocently using the vanilla python
that comes with the Linux distribution (Suse in my case).

For the past few days, I have been playing with a little
device called an eBox - it is basically a 486 with 128Mb
memory, and a 1Gig pcmcia flash drive.

We want to try to use this as an industrial controller, so
I want to load python onto it.

So I downloaded the sources, and got them into the box,
over its ethernet connection.

Then I got stymied - the configure script will not run, 
because the "distribution" has no C compiler - it is 
basically a kernel, and Busybox, with precious little else.

So I googled, and I found mobile python, and portable python,
both aimed at windows. - no good to me.

Adding "embedded" to the Google string is also useless,
as it basically brings up instances of embedding the
interpreter into another app, not for small processors.

So how does one do a compile of python on one machine
aimed at another one?  - All I want is a vanilla installation
with the stuff in all the usual places.  And just to make matters
interesting, the two Linux boxes I have available are both
64 bit dual core animals, one Intel, one AMD...

I don't need much more than the interpreter, sys, os, sockets
and ctypes.

Alternatively, where can one find a set of binaries for
32 bit Linux?

Looking for some sane advice please.

- Hendrik

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