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# Grumpy: Go running Python

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## Overview

Grumpy is a Python to Go source code transcompiler and runtime that is intended
to be a near drop-in replacement for CPython 2.7. The key difference is that it
compiles Python source code to Go source code which is then compiled to native
code, rather than to bytecode. This means that Grumpy has no VM. The compiled Go
source code is a series of calls to the Grumpy runtime, a Go library serving a
similar purpose to the Python C API (although the API is incompatible with

## Limitations

### Things that will probably never be supported by Grumpy

1. `exec`, `eval` and `compile`: These dynamic features of CPython are not
supported by Grumpy because Grumpy modules consist of statically-compiled Go
code. Supporting dynamic execution would require bundling Grumpy programs
with the compilation toolchain, which would be unwieldy and impractically

2. C extension modules: Grumpy has a different API and object layout than
CPython and so supporting C extensions would be difficult. In principle it's
possible to support them via an API bridge layer like the one that
[JyNI]( provides for Jython, but it would be hard to maintain and
would add significant overhead when calling into and out of extension

### Things that Grumpy will support but doesn't yet

There are three basic categories of incomplete functionality:

1. [Language features](
Most language features are implemented with the notable exception of
[old-style classes](
There are also a handful of operators that aren't yet supported.

2. [Builtin functions and types](
There are a number of missing functions and types in `__builtins__` that have
not yet been implemented. There are also a lot of methods on builtin types
that are missing.

3. [Standard library](
The Python standard library is very large and much of it is pure Python, so
as the language features and builtins get filled out, many modules will
just work. But there are also a number of libraries in CPython that are C
extension modules which will need to be rewritten.

4. C locale support: Go doesn't support locales in the same way that C does. As such,
some functionality that is locale-dependent may not currently work the same as in

## Running Grumpy Programs

### Pre-requisites

The commands ahead assumes that you have Golang installed and a recent
version of Python 2, `setuptools` and `pip`.

### Method 1: binary package

For convenience, a Python package is provided from the PyPI. During install,
many Grumpy will be compiled and stored inside your Python installation.

You need Golang preinstalled anyway for the installation to be successful.

pip2 install -U grumpy-runtime -I --no-cache
(wait about 5 minutes)
echo "print 'hello, world'" | grumpy run

### Method 1: make run:

The simplest way to execute a Grumpy program is to use `make run`, which wraps a
shell script called grumprun that takes Python code on stdin and builds and runs
the code under Grumpy:

cd grumpy-tools-src
python2 develop
cd ../grumpy-runtime-src
echo "print 'hello, world'" | make run

### Method 2: grumpc and grumprun:

For more complicated programs, you'll want to compile your Python source code to
Go using grumpc (the Grumpy compiler) and then build the Go code using `go
build`. Since Grumpy programs are statically linked, all the modules in a
program must be findable by the Grumpy toolchain on the GOPATH. Grumpy looks for
Go packages corresponding to Python modules in the \_\_python\_\_ subdirectory
of the GOPATH. By convention, this subdirectory is also used for staging Python
source code, making it similar to the PYTHONPATH.

The first step is to set up the shell so that the Grumpy toolchain and libraries
can be found. From the root directory of the Grumpy source distribution run:

cd grumpy-tools-src
python2 develop
cd ../grumpy-runtime-src
export PATH=$PWD/build/bin:$PATH
export GOPATH=$PWD/build
export PYTHONPATH=$PWD/build/lib/python2.7/site-packages

You will know things are working if you see the expected output from this

cd grumpy-runtime-src
echo 'import sys; print sys.version' | grumprun

Next, we will write our simple Python module into the \_\_python\_\_ directory:

cd grumpy-runtime-src
echo 'def hello(): print "hello, world"' > $GOPATH/src/__python__/

To build a Go package from our Python script, run the following:

cd grumpy-runtime-src
mkdir -p $GOPATH/src/__python__/hello
grumpc -modname=hello $GOPATH/src/__python__/ > \

You should now be able to build a Go program that imports the package
"\_\_python\_\_/hello". We can also import this module into Python programs
that are built using grumprun:

cd grumpy-runtime-src
echo 'from hello import hello; hello()' | grumprun

grumprun is doing a few things under the hood here:

1. Compiles the given Python code to a dummy Go package, the same way we
produced \_\_python\_\_/hello/module.go above
2. Produces a main Go package that imports the Go package from step 1. and
executes it as our \_\_main\_\_ Python package
3. Executes `go run` on the main package generated in step 2.

## Developing Grumpy

There are three main components and depending on what kind of feature you're
writing, you may need to change one or more of these.

### Grumpy Tools

Grumpy converts Python programs into Go programs and
`grumpy transpile` is the CLI tool responsible for parsing Python code
and generating Go code from it. `grumpy transpile` is written in Python
and uses the [`pythonparser`](
module to accomplish parsing.

The CLI main entrypoint lives at `grumpy-tools-src/grumpy_tools/`.
It is supported by a number of Python modules in the
`grumpy-tools-src/grumpy_tools/compiler` subdir.

### Grumpy Runtime

The Go code generated by `grumpy transpile` performs operations
on data structures that represent Python objects in running Grumpy programs.
These data structures and operations are defined in the `grumpy` Go library
(source is in the `grumpy-runtime-src/runtime` subdir of the source
distribution). This runtime is analogous to the Python C API and many of the
structures and operations defined by `grumpy` have counterparts in CPython.

### Grumpy Standard Library

Much of the Python standard library is written in Python and thus "just works"
in Grumpy. These parts of the standard library are copied from CPython 2.7
(possibly with light modifications). For licensing reasons, these files are kept
in the `grumpy-runtime-src/third_party` subdir.

The parts of the standard library that cannot be written in pure Python, e.g.
file and directory operations, are kept in the `grumpy-runtime-src/lib` subdir.
In CPython these kinds of modules are written as C extensions. In Grumpy they
are written in Python but they use native Go extensions to access facilities not
otherwise available in Python.

### Source Code Overview

- `grumpy-tools-src/grumpy_tools/compiler`: Python package implementating Python -> Go transcompilation logic.
- `grumpy-runtime-src/lib`: Grumpy-specific Python standard library implementation.
- `grumpy-runtime-src/runtime`: Go source code for the Grumpy runtime library.
- `grumpy-runtime-src/third_party/ouroboros`: Pure Python standard libraries copied from the
[Ouroboros project](
- `grumpy-runtime-src/third_party/pypy`: Pure Python standard libraries copied from PyPy.
- `grumpy-runtime-src/third_party/stdlib`: Pure Python standard libraries copied from CPython.
- `grumpy-tools-src/grumpy_tools/`: Transcompilation and utility CLI.

## Contact

Questions? Comments? Drop us a line at [](!forum/grumpy-users)
or join our [Gitter channel](

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