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

Paul Moore p.f.moore at gmail.com
Mon Oct 27 22:11:13 CET 2014

On 27 October 2014 20:45, Greg Ewing <greg.ewing at canterbury.ac.nz> wrote:
> Nick Coghlan wrote:
>> That assumption will allow MinGW-w64 to link with the appropriate
>> MSVCRT versions for extention building without anything breaking.
> If that works, then the same technique should allow CPython
> itself to be built in a VS-compatible way with mingw,
> shouldn't it?


> Those objecting to a mingw-built python seem to be assuming
> that such a thing will necessarily be incompatible with
> VS builds, but I don't see why that has to be the case.

No, we've been trying to establish whether the patches to build with
mingw were intended to produce such a compatible build. It's not
clear, but so far it seems that apparently that is *not* the intent
(and worse, mingw-w64 may not even be able to build viable executables
that link with msvcr100 without some heavy hacking, although that's
still somewhat unclear).


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