I really like the "import generates .pyc when necessary" feature
for development as it optimizes performance without taking away
the usefulness (to developers) of interpreted code. For
distribution of complete systems, however, it would be handy to
be able to generate the .pyc from a make file (i.e., without
actually executing code which may cause side effects, etc). Is
this possible in python?
Further, I wonder if it is possible to generate a "compiled"
version of python scripts.