Christoph Ludwig wrote:
If I understood Dave Abraham's reply somewhere above in this thread correctly then you can build different C++ extension modules with different C++ compilers on ELF/Linux. (I don't have the time right now to actually try it, sorry.) There is no need to fix the C++ compiler as soon as python is built.
There is, somewhat: how do you know the name of the C++ compiler?
If distutils builds C++ extensions with the C compiler then I consider this a bug in distutils because it is unlikely to work. (Unless the compiler can figure out from the source file suffixes in the compilation step *and* some info in the object files in the linking step that it is supposed to act like a C++ compiler. None of the compilers I am familiar with does the latter.) distutils should rather look for a C++ compiler in the PATH or explicitly ask the user to specify the command that calls the C++ compiler.
How should it do that? The logic is quite involved, and currently, distutils relies on configure to figure it out. If you think this should be changed, please contribute a patch.
(distutils does not behave correctly when building C++ extensions anyway. It calls the C compiler to compile the C++ source files and passes options that gcc accepts only in C mode. The compiler version I am using is docile and only issues warnings. But these warnings are unnecessary and and I would not blame gcc if the next compiler release refused to compile C++ sources if the command line contains C specific options. But the distutils mailing list is a better place to bring this eventually up, I guess.)
The best way to "bring this up" is to contribute a patch. "Bringing it up" in the sense of sending an email message to some mailing list likely has no effect whatsoever.