distutils for scientific stuff, was RE: [Numpy-discussion] RPMsout of date, have problems

Rob rob at pythonemproject.com
Mon Jan 7 09:31:08 EST 2002

Please when writing these utilities keep us BSD users in mind.  I had to
severely hack SciPy to get it to compile on FreeBSD, part of which was
the Fortran utility.  Rob.

Pearu Peterson wrote:
> On Sun, 6 Jan 2002, Paul F. Dubois wrote:
> > Adding Fortran support is quite a bit more difficult because the whole
> > idea of distutils is to piggy-back off the Python configure, which
> > doesn't configure Fortran compiler options or paths. I don't think
> > distutils ought to try, really. You just compile the Fortran into a
> > library and then use that in your setup.py.
> Saying that "just compile the Fortran into .." sounds like a common step
> for using Fortran, then I don't see why distutils shouldn't try to support
> this. As Eric mentioned in the previous message, scipy_distutils already
> does this step for an intermediate user. We have tested this to work for
> different compilers like Gnu,Intel F90,VAST,NAG F95,Absoft,etc and it
> works like a charm.
> Regards,
>         Pearu
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