Thanks Steve for the solution and Kyle for confirming it wasn't me! After the latest merge from master my PR's tests all pass, so I'm happy.

On Tue, Apr 7, 2020 at 3:33 AM Steve Dower <> wrote:
FWIW, this test is meant to verify that the old, unsafe DLL load logic
still works.

I suspect what has happened here is that a new VM image has been rolled
out and another app has installed an incompatible _sqlite3.dll on PATH
(most likely another copy of Python :) ), thereby proving why the old
logic is unsafe.

We've disabled the test for now, so if you merge and resubmit it should
be fine.

Now we just have to decide whether to disable this part of the test
forever, or try and manipulate the test environment enough to make it
pass (which I suspect is just setting PATH back to a sane value).

Sorry for the inconvenience!


On 07Apr2020 0420, Kyle Stanley wrote:
> Looking over the commit history for the PR
> (, it looks like
> that specific Azure Pipelines failure did not start occurring until
> upstream/master was merged into the PR branch
> (
> Therefore, I suspect that the failure is very likely unrelated to the
> PR; instead either an intermittent failure that was merged into master
> recently or a possible issue on Azure's end. For now, I'd suggest
> closing and re-opening the PR again tomorrow to see if the failure still
> occurs.
> Note: I'm also seeing the same exact failure occur in the following
> separate CPython PRs that were opened recently:
> Seeing as it was also occurring in entirely unrelated PRs, it seems to
> be unrelated to the PEP 585 PR. I'm not seeing a BPO issue for this
> failure, so I'll open a new one for it.
> On Mon, Apr 6, 2020 at 10:24 PM Guido van Rossum <
> <>> wrote:
>     I have a large PR (, for
>     PEP 585) that's failing in the Azures pipeline on Win32 and Win64
>     only. My trusty assistant who has a Windows laptop couldn't
>     reproduce the failure. Can I buy a hint from someone? Steve?
>     The relevant failure output is:
>     ======================================================================
>     ERROR: test_load_dll_with_flags
>     (ctypes.test.test_loading.LoaderTest) [WinDLL('_sqlite3.dll',
>     winmode=0)]
>     ----------------------------------------------------------------------
>     Traceback (most recent call last):
>        File "d:\a\1\s\lib\ctypes\test\", line 140, in
>     should_pass
>          subprocess.check_output(
>        File "d:\a\1\s\lib\", line 420, in check_output
>          return run(*popenargs, stdout=PIPE, timeout=timeout, check=True,
>        File "d:\a\1\s\lib\", line 524, in run
>          raise CalledProcessError(retcode, process.args,
>     subprocess.CalledProcessError: Command
>     '['d:\\a\\1\\s\\PCbuild\\win32\\python.exe', '-c', "from ctypes
>     import *; import nt;WinDLL('_sqlite3.dll', winmode=0)"]' returned
>     non-zero exit status 1.
>     ----------------------------------------------------------------------
>     --
>     --Guido van Rossum ( <>)

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