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

Antoine Pitrou solipsis at pitrou.net
Wed Oct 29 16:25:15 CET 2014

On Thu, 30 Oct 2014 01:09:45 +1000
Nick Coghlan <ncoghlan at gmail.com> wrote:
> Lots of folks are happy with POSIX emulation layers on Windows, as
> they're OK with "basically works" rather than "works like any other
> native application". "Basically works" isn't sufficient for many
> Python-on-Windows use cases though, so the core ABI is a platform
> native one, rather than a POSIX emulation.
> This makes Python fit in more cleanly with other Windows applications,
> but makes it harder to write Python applications that span both POSIX
> and Windows.

I don't really understanding why that's the case. Only the
building and packaging may be more difficult, and that assumes you're
familiar with mingw32. But mingw32, AFAIK, doesn't make the Windows
runtime magically POSIX-compatible (Cygwin does, to some extent).



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