On Wed, May 2, 2018, 09:51 Gregory Szorc <gregory.szorc@gmail.com> wrote:
Correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't there downsides with regards to C extension compatibility to not having a shared libpython? Or does all the packaging tooling "just work" without a libpython? (It's possible I have my wires crossed up with something else regarding a statically linked Python.)

IIRC, the rule on Linux is that if you build an extension on a statically built python, then it can be imported on a shared python, but not vice-versa. Manylinux wheels are therefore always built on a static python so that they'll work everywhere. (We should probably clean this up upstream at some point, but there's not a lot of appetite for touching this stuff – very obscure, very easy to break things without realizing it, not much upside.)

On Windows I don't think there is such a thing as a static build, because extensions have to link to the python dll to work at all. And on MacOS I'm not sure, though from knowing how their linker works my guess is that all extensions act like static extensions do on Linux.