[Python-Dev] Python startup time
On 5/2/2018 12:42 PM, Gregory Szorc wrote:
> I know this kinda/sorta exists with zipimporter. But zipimporter uses
> zlib (slow) and only allows .py/.pyc files. And I think some Python
> application distribution tools have also solved this problem. I'd
> *really* like to see a proper/robust solution in Python itself. Along
> that vein, it would be really nice if the "standalone Python
> application" story were a bit more formalized. From my perspective, it
> is insanely difficult to package and distribute an application that
> happens to use Python. It requires vastly different solutions for
> different platforms. I want to declare a minimal boilerplate somewhere
> (perhaps in setup.py) and run a command that produces an
> as-self-contained-as-possible application complete with platform-native
I few years ago I helped my wife create a tutorial in the Renpy visual
storytelling engine. It is free and open source.
It is written in Python, while users write scripts in both Python and a
custom scripting language.
When we were done, we pressed a button and it generated self-contained
zip files for Windows, Linux, and Mac. This can be done from any of
the three platforms. After we tested all three files, she created a web
page with links to the three files for download. There have been no
complaints so far. Perhaps the file generators could be adapted to
packaging a project directory into a self-contained app.
Terry Jan Reedy