[Python-Dev] shared library

Martin v. Löwis martin at v.loewis.de
Tue Aug 5 23:07:36 EDT 2003

Pat Miller <patmiller at llnl.gov> writes:

> I agree with Martin that they can be problematic, but amongst
> our large Python community here, I've had several requests
> for exactly that.  Typical use is something that embeds
> (or optionally embeds) Python.

There is nothing wrong with requesting it; what stopped it for the
last years that nobody was capable of implementing it correctly.
Now, in Python 2.3, the feature is implemented.

> I understand there are portability issues with generating, but on platforms
> where they work well (e.g Linux, WinXX) why not?

Why not what? Why not offer it as an option? It is an option in 2.3.
Why not activate the option by default? Because most people won't need
it, and because, if activated by default, it will cause problems to
more people than people actually needing the feature.


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