[Python-Dev] Status of C compilers for Python on Windows

Terry Reedy tjreedy at udel.edu
Sun Oct 26 00:32:26 CEST 2014

On 10/25/2014 5:11 PM, Chris Angelico wrote:

> It might fragment the community to have multiple different binary
> distributions. But it ought to be possible for any person/organization
> to say "We're going to make our own build of Python, with these
> extension modules, built with this compiler, targeting this platform",
> and do everything from source. That might mean they can no longer take
> the short-cut of "download someone's MSVC-built extension and use it
> as-is", but they should be able to take anyone's extension and build
> it on their chosen compiler. Having MinGW as a formally supported
> platform would make life a lot easier for people who want to test
> CPython patches, for instance - my building and testing of PEP
> 463-enhanced Python was Linux-only, because I didn't want to try to
> set up an entire new buildchain just to try to get a Windows binary
> going. There's absolutely no need for that to be binary-compatible
> with anything else; as long as it'll run the standard library, it'll
> do.

David Murray's unanswered post laid out the path to move in the 
direction you want.  Either take it yourself or try to persuade other 
MinGW fans to do so.

Terry Jan Reedy

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