[Distutils] Proposal: C/C++ compiler identification

Guido van Rossum guido@CNRI.Reston.VA.US
Sun, 13 Dec 1998 10:27:15 -0500

> The proposal is for the Python build process to create run time accessible
> identification data whose purpose is to facilitate run time building of
>         a) dynamically loadable binary python module objects *.so, .dll etc)
>         b) external (shell) application tools (.exe etc)
> This proposal does not fix the format of the information.

Note that (for Unix at least) all this info is already being gathered
by the configure script, and stored in the various Makefile.  The info
also ends up being installed (look in

For Windows, since the only supported compiler is VC++, it could be
hardcoded.  However, there's a very serious problem on Windows with
Interscript's approach of invoking the compiler at run-time: most
users don't have this compiler.  I realize that gcc is available for
free, but I think it isn't compatible with VC++.  As far as I know,
VC++ is required if you want to use any of Mark Hammond's stuff (COM
and MFC).  I don't know if Tcl/Tk can be used (without recompilation)
from a gcc-based app, and I don't know how easy it would be to
recompile.  (Does gcc on Windows have support for Win32 APIs at all?)

--Guido van Rossum (home page: http://www.python.org/~guido/)