[New-bugs-announce] [issue7091] Distutils build ignores the --compiler command line option

jmb report at bugs.python.org
Fri Oct 9 14:50:28 CEST 2009

New submission from jmb <jeberger at free.fr>:

I tried building an extension on windows with the following command:

> python setup.py build --compiler=mingw32

and got an error: "Unable to find vcvarsall.bat". The way I understand
it, that error shows that it tried to use the MSVC compiler instead of
obeying the --compiler=mingw32 command line option.

I then tried to give a bogus compiler value and got the same error
message (iirc python 2.5 used to say that it didn't know the 'bogus'

Finally, I modified _default_compilers in distutils/ccompiler.py and put
'mingw32' in the 'nt' key. Afterward, my extension compiled and works

Python version: 2.6.3 on WinXP 32 bits.

assignee: tarek
components: Distutils
messages: 93789
nosy: jmb, tarek
severity: normal
status: open
title: Distutils build ignores the --compiler command line option
type: behavior
versions: Python 2.6

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