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Saúl Ibarra Corretgé, 05/27/2013 02:12 pm

Building a Python Framework to bundle inside Blink

In order to avoid using the system Python a custom Framework build is needed. Using a bundled Python version will make the package bigger in size, but all package versions are controlled and not up to the environment. Also, we can use the latest Python version, with latest bugfixes and features, since Apple only updates the system Python version on every major OS release.

Building the Python Framework itself

  • Download the desired Python version, at the time of this writing, 2.7.5
wget http://python.org/ftp/python/2.7.5/Python-2.7.5.tar.bz2
  • Uncompress and get ready to compile
tar jxvf Python-2.7.5.tar.bz2
cd Python-2.7.5
  • Create a temporary directory for the build result
mkdir -p /tmp/py
  • Compile Python (Framework build) in 32 bits mode and with compatibility for OSX >= 10.6
./configure --prefix=/tmp/py --enable-framework=/tmp/py MACOSX_DEPLOYMENT_TARGET=10.6 ARCHFLAGS="-arch i386" CFLAGS="-arch i386" CXXFLAGS="-arch i386" LDFLAGS="-arch i386" 
make install

The resulting framework will be located in /tmp/py

  • Change the dynamic link target in the main binary file of the Python Framework
cd /tmp/py/Python.framework/Versions/2.7
chmod +w Python
install_name_tool -id @executable_path/../Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.7/Python Python
chmod -w Python

The framework is now ready for inclusion on the project.

NOTE: Be careful when copying the framework around, it contains symlinks and if cp -r is used the size will we doubled, use cp -RH instead.

  • Reduce the size of the Python Framework: