Python on an embedded system
I like Python.Â I want to use Python everywhere.Â Hmm.Â Sounds more like an addiction.Â The question is, is Python suitable as a glue language on a embedded Linux system?
With a few hacks Python 1.5.2 cross compiles just fine.Â The speed will be acceptable so it’s really only the size that matters.
A standard build under x86 is 12.6M. From there:
- Stripping python saves 1.1M
- Removing man and include saves 400k
- Removing *.py and *.pyo saves 2.8M but still lets everything run
- Removing Tk, Config, and stdwin saves 3.9M
- Removing test saves 1.9M
This brings a fully working Python interpreter with all of the command line libraries down to 2.4M.Â Quite respectable.