[Python-Dev] Can Python Be Built Without Distutils

M.-A. Lemburg mal at egenix.com
Fri Jan 23 20:19:46 CET 2015

On 23.01.2015 19:48, Matthias Klose wrote:
> On 01/23/2015 06:30 PM, Cyd Haselton wrote:
>> Related to my earlier question regarding building Python on Android
>> and an undefined reference to dlopen error...I have the following
>> question:  Is it possible to build and install Python without having
>> to build and install...or use...distutils?
>> Some background:
>> I can build the python interpreter on my device, and I can build a
>> bunch of modules.  The problem appears when make reaches the part
>> where setup.py is used to build and import modules...specifically when
>> setup.py attempts to import distutils.core.
> you can do this using Setup.local. This works for me building additional
> extensions as builtins.  It might require some tweaking to build everything.

You may want to have a look at the Setup files we're using
in eGenix PyRun, which uses them to force static builds of the
various built-in extensions.

Look for these files:


in the source archives:


> Otoh, I would like to get rid off the setup.py altogether (/me ducks ...).

Why ? It's great for finding stuff on your system and configuring
everything without user intervention (well, most of the time :-)).

Marc-Andre Lemburg

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