[Distutils] Compiler support for VC++ 2005

Jorge Vargas jorge.vargas at gmail.com
Wed Feb 7 20:20:29 CET 2007

On 2/5/07, Paul Moore <p.f.moore at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 03/02/07, Jorge Vargas <jorge.vargas at gmail.com> wrote:
> > yes indeed I had a huge fight with mysqldb driver because of this. Since the
> > windows version of mysql is compile with VS2003 and python too getting those
> > drivers to build with gcc will require recompiling everything and making it
> > incompatible with the stock mysql.
> You don't need to recompile Python with gcc. Whether you need to
> recompile MySQL, I can't say.
no but you need to patch distutils to force it to use the windows
"free compiler" it can't be doen with gcc because of mysql.

> > This is something that shock me a lot, why python (the official) on windows
> > is build with a tool that is not accessible to all developers. Building
> > extensions on windows is just a pain...
> I agree that building extensions on Windows can be a real pain. But
> it's generally the fault of the 3rd party code, or the extension code,
> not of Python itself.
yes that's true the problem comes when you need windows.h or other
file that the mingw people can't distribute.

> As an example, mod_python used to be a real pain to build, because
> Apache (the standard binary) was built with MSVC 6, and Python (the
> standard build) with MSVC 7.1. But I believe the mod_python developers
> have made some changes, and as a result it *is* now possible to build
> mod_python with gcc.
> At the end of the day, it can be a real pain to build your own
> extensions on Windows. But in my view, the Python developers have made
> a good job of easing that pain as much as possible. Whether choosing
> to use MSVC 7.1 was a good *political* move, rather than a good
> *technical* one, is a different question, and one I don't intend to
> get into :-)
ok lets not :)
> Paul.

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