Python under Windows: free cl.exe?

Gerhard Häring gerhard.nospam at
Tue Aug 21 18:06:21 CEST 2001

On 20 Aug 2001 14:46:08 -0700, J.Jacob <joost_jacob at> wrote:
>subject: Windows Compiler to build Python and related stuff
>Where can we download the (free commandline version) microsoft C++ 6.0
>compiler cl.exe and nmake.exe?  We need it if we want to do
>extending/embedding C(++) and many 3rd party Python packages want you to use
>cl.exe and nmake.exe

Open source ones? Maybe you should friendly suggest that the maintainer switch
to distutils? Or write the file yourself and submit a patch? You can
then use GNU Borland and MS compilers on Windows without further configuration.

>The cygwin effort of using a free GNU C++ compiler for building Python looks
>great but there are just too much systems/packages/modules (Python itself too)
>based on the microsoft compiler with makefiles for nmake and nothing for the
>Gnu compilers.  Too bad i think !

Ack. Anybody managed to compile Python with mingw32? I only get strange errors
when trying to. Maybe I should submit a bug report at Sourceforge.

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