Executable standalone *.pyc after inserting "#!/usr/bin/python" or other options

epsilon cesmiga at gmail.com
Fri Jan 15 00:44:06 CET 2010

On Jan 14, 5:33 pm, "Martin v. Loewis" <mar... at v.loewis.de> wrote:
> > I've been playing with "Lua" and found something really cool that I'm
> > unable to do in "Python". With "Lua", a script can be compiled to byte
> > code using "luac" and by adding "#!/usr/bin/lua" at the top of the
> > binary, the byte code becomes a single file executable. After I found
> > this trick, I ran back to "Python" to give it a try.  Well...  it
> > didn't work. Is this possible?
> In Python, a different approach will work, depending on the operating
> system.
> E.g. on Linux, you can use binfmt_misc to make executables out of pyc
> code. Run
> import imp,sys,string
> magic = string.join(["\\x%.2x" % ord(c) for c in imp.get_magic()],"")
> reg = ':pyc:M::%s::%s:' % (magic, sys.executable)
> open("/proc/sys/fs/binfmt_misc/register","wb").write(reg)
> once on your Linux system (or, rather, at boot time), and all pyc
> files become executable (if the x bit is set).
> In Debian, installing the binfmt-support package will do that for
> you.
> Do "ls /proc/sys/fs/binfmt_misc/" to see what binary types are
> already supported on your system.
> HTH,
> Martin
> P.S. The approach you present for Lua indeed does not work for
> Python.


This works great! Do you or anyone else have information on how to do
the same thing for Windows and/or Solaris.

Thank you again,

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