[Distutils] Complling on IRIX OS

Andrew Dalke dalke@acm.org
Fri, 28 Jan 2000 21:22:57 -0700

Curtis Jensen said:
> To install on an IRIX OS, sometimes we need to
> compile with the -o32 flag.

There are two problems here:
 1) Before 1.5.2 (or 1.5.1?), Python for IRIX
didn't store the SGI_ABI setting.  Thus, the
compiler uses the default settings.  With 1.5.2,
the Makefile.pre.in contains the ABI value.

 2) The default ABI changed with IRIX 6.5 from
 -o32 to -n32.  If your Python install is from
1.5.1 days, then compilations will fail because
of the mismatched ABIs.

  In theory, setting SGI_ABI environment variable
to -o32 should work, but I found it best to modify
Makefile.pre.in to force the setting on the CFLAGS
and LDFLAGS lines.

  If my guess as to what's wrong with your set up
is right, then it isn't a distutils problem; it's
a Python problem which has since been fixed, and
you can use my workaround until you do a newer

                        Andrew Dalke