[Python-Dev] Getting python-bz2 into 2.3

Guido van Rossum guido@python.org
Sat, 30 Nov 2002 10:31:03 -0500

> > > I'll be happy to help in whatever way would be useful in dealing with
> > > the "raised bar," as the prospect of having Python support on all
> > > platforms for bz2 compression (and tarfiles) is very appealing.
> >
> > If you could get Python from CVS, build it with MSVC 6.0 for Windows
> > (elaborate instructions are in PCBuild/readme.txt!!!), and see if
> > the bz2 module works on all flavors of Windows to which you have
> > access, that would be tremendously helpful IMO.
> If MSVC 7.0 isn't at least as good, I'll find a machine which still has
> 6.0 on it (or reinstall it on one of our development systems), but I
> pulled down the sources from CVS and built it with MSC++ 7 and the all
> 28 tests in the bz2 test suite pass on both Windows 2000 and Windows XP.
> Should I dig up a MSC6 system, or is this just as good?

More testing is always welcome; if you could test-drive the
instructions in PCbuild/readme.txt for Tcl/Tk and Sleepycat Berkeley
DB on multiple platforms that would be super.

I have understood (from Tim, again) that we can't upgrade to MSVC 7.0,
because the runtime is incompatible in some places, and we don't want
to break existing add-on distributions that are compiled with 6.0 --
not every open source developer can afford to upgrade.

--Guido van Rossum (home page: http://www.python.org/~guido/)