[Distutils] How to easy_install from source package with mingw32 on Windows?

zooko zooko at zooko.com
Thu Sep 13 04:31:11 CEST 2007


Thank you for the various Python packaging tools!

I just published a new version of a Free Software package:


And I tested it with "easy_install zfec" on Windows XP, and I was  
disappointed to see this error message:

error: Setup script exited with error: Python was built with version  
7.1 of Visual Studio, and extensions need to be built with the same  
version of the compiler, but it isn't installed.

If I download the zfec source tarball and execute

./setup.py install

Then I get the same error message, but if I execute

./setup.py build -c mingw32 install

Then it successfully builds and installs.

(This is on Python 2.4 -- I believe that in Python 2.5 that error  
message has been updated to mention that mingw is an option.)

So my first question is: how can I configure the zfec source package  
so that someone who has mingw installed and who runs "easy_install  
zfec" successfully builds it?

A deeper question is: wouldn't it be nice if "./setup.py install"  
automatically used the "build -c mingw32" feature when necessary?   
Would anyone be interested in extending distutils to do that?



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