Python extension on Windows

Peter Scott sketerpot at
Fri Jul 11 19:28:15 CEST 2003

David Isal <david.isal at> wrote in message news:<bemf6t$l1r$1 at>...
> i read that it is mandatory to use Micro$oft visual c++ to build any 
> extensions on windows beacuse it's the same compiler used to build 
> python for windows.
> does anybody has advices about that?
> i would rather use cygwin/g++ but i don't know if it's possible or how 
> to fix this error message.

I don't know what's causing your particular problem (since I got free
MSVC++ from a Microsoft promotional gimmick), but if you download the
python 2.2.3 source and compile that with Cygwin, that should
eliminate any possible incompatibilities between compilers.

The source tarball is at

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