[Distutils] MSVC7 directories

M.-A. Lemburg mal at egenix.com
Wed Feb 4 04:03:19 EST 2004

Robin Becker wrote:
> In article <r7xcezfq.fsf at python.net>, Thomas Heller <theller at python.net>
> writes
> .....
>>>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.
> this seems a bit harsh to me; I understand the part about being unable
> to debug, but surely this software is supposed to be a bit more robust.
> It is after all the product of more than one person and is now in the
> standard distro. Even M$ gives us VCVARS32.BAT so they presumably
> believe in that. I don't buy the argument about having to use the gui to
> set stuff up as distutils is a script/command line tool. I suppose we
> now face more difficult times with both MSC7/6 as the 'standard', but
> isn't that why distutils should consult the host python to determine
> which is preferable.
>>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.

I'm not sure I can follow you guys here: distutils is a command
line tools, so why should we worry about the GUI of the compiler ?

Indeed, the freely available C++ compiler in the .NET SDK should
be enough to get distutils working with C extensions.

Marc-Andre Lemburg

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