python as plugin language

Alex Martelli aleaxit at
Fri Jun 29 06:20:42 EDT 2001

"John Roth" <johnroth at> wrote in message
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> All the cases you cite miss the essential point - how does the Python
> code call a function in the C language program it's embedded in? It's
> I think the functions I need are in the Python/C API, but I've never seen
> those functions referenced in any example, or in any of the books.

I may be missing something, but... doesn't the embed.c demo/example,
D:\Python-2.1\Demo\embed\demo.c on a typical Python install on Win32
for ex., do exactly what you require...?  Well, almost -- it doesn't
actually run any useful Python code, just leave a space where you
could insert your own:-).  But it does show the embedding C program
adding a module, called "xyzzy", which exposes to Python a C function,
called "foo" (from the Python side of things).  Your Python code
invoked from demo.c could "import xyzzy" and then call

So, WHAT am I missing...?


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