[New-bugs-announce] [issue13492] ./configure --with-system-ffi=LIBFFI-PATH

Michael Kraus report at bugs.python.org
Mon Nov 28 10:24:31 CET 2011

New submission from Michael Kraus <krausmichel at gmail.com>:

It would be very helpful to have the ability to specify a LIBFFI-PATH during Python configuration via

./configure --with-system-ffi=LIBFFI-PATH

We are using the Intel compiler to build Python, NumPy, SciPy, and Cython on a SuSE Linux Enterprise Server. Libffi uses some 128bit int type which is not defined by the Intel compiler, thus can't be build with it. 

Unfortunately, the ./configure script, if run with --with-system-ffi looks for the ffi includes only in the standard directories (/usr/include, etc.). On our cluster, we are not allowed to install into the main system, we can only add modules. As there is no libffi coming with SLES and we cannot install it into the standard directories, the configure script won't find it. Thus the above request.

Best regards,

components: Build
messages: 148472
nosy: michael.kraus
priority: normal
severity: normal
status: open
title: ./configure --with-system-ffi=LIBFFI-PATH
type: feature request
versions: Python 2.6, Python 2.7, Python 3.1, Python 3.2, Python 3.3, Python 3.4

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