[Python-Dev] PEP 405 (venv) - why does it copy the DLLs on Windows

Vinay Sajip vinay_sajip at yahoo.co.uk
Sat Mar 23 02:08:26 CET 2013

Paul Moore <p.f.moore <at> gmail.com> writes:

> I don't understand what this is saying - can someone clarify the
> reason behind this statement? What is different about a
> "non-system-wide installation" that causes this issue (I assume
> "non-system-wide" means "not All Users")? The reason I ask is that
> virtualenv doesn't do this, and I'm not clear if this is because of a
> potential bug lurking in virtualenv (in which case, I'd like to find
> out how to reproduce it) or because virtualenv takes a different
> approach which avoids this issue somehow.

One example of a non-system-wide installation is a source build of Python.
PEP 405 venvs created from a source build should work in the same way as venvs
created using an installed Python.


Vinay Sajip

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