[Python-Dev] Evaluated cmake as an autoconf replacement

David Cournapeau cournape at gmail.com
Tue Apr 7 15:23:18 CEST 2009

On Tue, Apr 7, 2009 at 10:08 PM, Alexander Neundorf
<alex.neundorf at kitware.com> wrote:

> What is involved in building python extensions ? Can you please explain ?

Not much: at the core, a python extension is nothing more than a
dynamically loaded library + a couple of options. One choice is
whether to take options from distutils or to set them up
independently. In my own scons tool to build python extensions, both
are possible.

The hard (or rather time consuming) work is to do everything else that
distutils does related to the packaging. That's where scons/waf are
more interesting than cmake IMO, because you can "easily" give up this
task back to distutils, whereas it is inherently more difficult with



More information about the Python-Dev mailing list