[New-bugs-announce] [issue38961] Flaky detection of compiler vendor

John-Mark report at bugs.python.org
Tue Dec 3 11:40:39 EST 2019

New submission from John-Mark <johnmarka at gmail.com>:

The `configure` script for building what appears to be any version of python (I've manually checked 2.7, 3.6.6, and master) uses simple substring-in-path checks to determine the compiler vendor. This is problematic because it is very easy for it to produce very confusing false-positives.

This appeared for me when compiling with a custom version of `clang` located at 
`/home/riccardo/some/path`, which caused this line


to mistakenly assume an ICC configuration (because `icc` is a substring of `riccardo`). A quick check through the script reveals that compiler vendor detection in the script doesn't appear to be unified and are mostly similarly flaky.

Other projects compile a small program that checks for defines, or parses the output of `$CC --version` or similar.

components: Build
messages: 357755
nosy: jmaargh
priority: normal
severity: normal
status: open
title: Flaky detection of compiler vendor
type: compile error
versions: Python 2.7, Python 3.5, Python 3.6, Python 3.7, Python 3.8, Python 3.9

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