[Distutils] Patch for msvccompiler.py (Win32)

Greg Ward gward@python.net
Thu, 13 Apr 2000 20:34:41 -0400

[Lyle Johnson]
> Here's a patch for distutils/msvccompiler.py to ensure that the
> appropriate Python import library (e.g. "python15.lib" or
> "python15_d.lib") is linked in with your extension DLL on Windows.

msvccompiler.py is not the right sort of place for patches like this;
I'm trying to keep the *CCompiler classes from being specific to
building Python extensions.  Or rather, from getting any more specific
to building Python extensions than they already are (he says, having
just poked through unixccompiler.py to see what it imports from

But the point is moot:

[Thomas Heller]
> I never had any problems with this: the Python header files ensure
> this by a pragma.  You (or distutils) don't have to care about this.

It has just occurred to me that those pragmas are awfully handy things,
but can we rely on them?  What if someone wants to build Python
extensions with the Windows port of gcc, or with Borland's newly
free-as-in-free-beer compiler?  (I imagine they'll have a big job, as
they'll probably have to start with building Python itself with said
compiler.  But this might be yet another little problem along that

IOW, perhaps build_ext.py should have yet another bit of
Windows-specific code -- not MSVC-specific this time, but
Windows-specific -- to (maybe) add the Python DLL to the link.

Greg Ward - geek                                        gward@python.net
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