[New-bugs-announce] [issue4587] Need to rework the dbm lib/include selection process

Skip Montanaro report at bugs.python.org
Mon Dec 8 02:22:51 CET 2008

New submission from Skip Montanaro <skip at pobox.com>:

Fixing issue4483 resulted in adding an extra header file check for
gdbm-based header files when the gdbm library was found.  This caused
problems for Roumen Petrov.  In considering the problems he encountered I
decided we probably need to provide users some more flexibility when
deciding which libraries and header files to use when building the dbm
module (or _dbm on 3.0).  For example, the current hard-coded perform checks
in this order: ndbm, gdbm, BerkDB.  What if the system has hdbm installed
but the builder wants to use the BerkDB compatibility API?

This ticket is to track the discussion and come up with a suitable system.

messages: 77280
nosy: skip.montanaro
severity: normal
status: open
title: Need to rework the dbm lib/include selection process

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