Can embedded static-linked python still import dll extensions?

Marc Battyani Marc_Battyani at
Tue Mar 14 22:07:47 CET 2000

Warren Postma <embed at> wrote in message
news:cItz4.33201$Jz3.306758 at
> I recompiled the Python sources for Windows with config.h and put this
> in:
> #define MS_NO_COREDLL 1  // build a static library not a DLL!
> Now it statically links fine, but it doesn't allow me to import .pyd files
> (Python extension DLLs). Do you have to use the external Python DLL to
> importing modules from DLLs, or can you statically link python but still
> allow external DLL add ons somehow?
> I want my embedded python deeply embedded but I still want to produce .PYD
> style add ons for the system once it's in the field. Am I stuck?

No. Nothing prevents you to exports functions from an exe.
Here is a small C program

#include <stdio.h>
__declspec( dllexport ) void foo(){printf("Foo\n");};
__declspec( dllexport ) void bar(){printf("Bar\n");};

Let's compile it:

D:\temp>cl export.c
Microsoft (R) 32-bit C/C++ Optimizing Compiler Version 12.00.8168 for 80x86
Copyright (C) Microsoft Corp 1984-1998. All rights reserved.

Microsoft (R) Incremental Linker Version 6.00.8447
Copyright (C) Microsoft Corp 1992-1998. All rights reserved.

   Creating library export.lib and object export.exp

****** You can see it creates a .lib and a .exp **********

D:\temp>dumpbin /exports export.exe
Microsoft (R) COFF Binary File Dumper Version 6.00.8447
Copyright (C) Microsoft Corp 1992-1998. All rights reserved.

Dump of file export.exe


  Section contains the following exports for export.exe

           0 characteristics
    38CEA936 time date stamp Tue Mar 14 22:03:50 2000
        0.00 version
           1 ordinal base
           2 number of functions
           2 number of names

    ordinal hint RVA      name

          1    0 00001012 bar
          2    1 00001000 foo

******* Here you can see the exported functions are... exported. **********

Good luck
Tell us informed.

Marc Battyani

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