[Distutils] Dynamic linking on Linux, Mac OS, et al

Matthias Urlichs smurf at smurf.noris.de
Fri Jan 6 06:20:14 CET 2006


Phillip J. Eby:
> It could perhaps be questioned whether it's a good idea to include any 
> other kind of shared library in an extension project

It is not.

You will end up with multiple copies of extension libraries, all subtly
different, scattered in various .egg directories. You guess what happens
if two of these try to use the "same" library (hint: it's not pretty and
even less debuggable). You guess what happens, or rather what will not
happen, if a security problem is discovered in one of these libraries.

Besides, Unix systems these days tend to have the required libraries
installed anyway.

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