[Distutils] MSVC7 directories

Thomas Heller theller at python.net
Tue Feb 3 14:27:21 EST 2004

"Jeremy Hylton" <jeremy at alum.mit.edu> writes:

> Mark Hammond wrote:

>> Not sure what you mean here?  I did find it strange that I could not
>> setup the compiler as I would for any other project on the planet
>> (ie, vie the env vars that the compiler itself supports), but that
>> was pronounced to be a feature of distutils, so I dropped it.

> Let's not drop it.  When I asked about this feature years ago, I dropped it
> because people told me that real Windows users would never want this
> feature.

IIRC, you asked for this feature because you had a misconfigured VC 6
installation - probably because you never ran the gui after installing
the compiler.

>  Presumably that only reason I was asking was that I was a wayward
> Unix developer in Windows land.  You, on the other hand, can make some claim
> to being a real Windows user.
> A patch to honor environment variables when they are set would help
> developers and, presumably, hurt no one.  (No real Windows user would set an
> environment variable anyway.)

I'm not sure I'm in the position to pronounce on this, but: If someone
comes up with a patch that does this, I have nothing against it.  But
I'm not prepared to support and/or debug configurations the users may
have which are very different from my own.

If I understand Mark correctly, the MSVC 7 GUI doesn't pick up the
enviroment vars itself - this is (one of?) the difficultiy I see.


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