[Distutils] Setup configuration file and multiple libraries for extensions modules

Sylvain Fourmanoit syfou at users.sourceforge.net
Fri May 20 07:45:03 CEST 2005


suppose you have a setup.cfg file along your setup.py script, and that you 
want to use it to specify multiple external C libraries to link
extensions modules against. Something like:

libraries=first_lib second_lib

On Python 2.4.1, you read from 
distutils.command.build_ext.build_ext.finalize_options() on line 149-150 
from the build_ext.py file:

if type(self.libraries) is StringType:
 	self.libraries = [self.libraries]

Doesn't it mishandle this case, of did I miss the point? It appears to me 
that something similar to:

if type(self.libraries) is StringType:
 	self.libraries = string.split(self.libraries)

would be the correct way to handle this (in fact, similar string splits 
already take place for include_dirs and library_dirs)... I just want to know
how you are supposed to specify more than one library in a configuration 
file with current implementation. :-)


Sylvain <syfou at users.sourceforge.net>

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