First release of Shed Skin, a Python-to-C++ compiler.

A.B., Khalid abkhd at
Sun Sep 11 22:21:00 CEST 2005

Mark Dufour wrote:
> After nine months of hard work, I am proud to introduce my baby to the
> world: an experimental Python-to-C++ compiler.

Good work.

I have good news and bad news.

First the good news: ShedSkin (SS) more or less works on Windows. After
patching gc6.5 for MinGW, building it, and testing it on WinXP with
some succuess, and after patching my local copy of SS, I can get the to compile from Python to C++, and it seems that I can get
almost all the unit tests in to pass.

Here is what I used:

1. shedskin-0.0.1

2. pyMinGW patched and MinGW compiled Python 2.4.1 from CVS:
Python 2.4.1+ (#65, Aug 31 2005, 22:34:14)
[GCC 3.4.4 (mingw special)] on win32
Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information.

3. MinGW 3.4.4:
g++ -v
Reading specs from
Configured with: ../gcc/configure --with-gcc --with-gnu-ld
--with-gnu-as --host=mingw32 --target=mingw32 --prefix=/mingw
--enable-threads --disable-nls
--enable-languages=c,c++,f77,ada,objc,java --disable-win32-registry
--disable-shared --enable-sjlj-exceptions --enable-libgcj
--disable-java-awt --without-x --enable-java-gc=boehm
--disable-libgcj-debug --enable-interpreter
--enable-hash-synchronization --enable-libstdcxx-debug
Thread model: win32
gcc version 3.4.4 (mingw special)

4. Also using:
- mingw-runtime 3.8
- w32api-3.3
- binutils-2.16.91-20050827-1
- gc6.5 (Bohem GC) locally patched

Now the bad news. Four tests in fail, brief output is as

[SKIP 19532 lines]
*** tests failed: 4
[(60, '__class__ and __name__ attributes'), (85, 'ifa: mixing strings
and lists of strings in the same list'), (122, 'neural network
simulator XXX later: recursive customization, plus some small fixes'),
(124, 'small factorization program by Rohit Krishna Kumar')]

Moreover, and since the GC system you used only works in "recent
versions of Windows", it follows that this solution will not work in
all versions. I tested  it on Win98 and both GC tests and SS's
tests crash; although SS can still seem to compile the tests to C++.

At any rate, if anyone is interested in the patches they can be
downloaded from [2].


[1] The entire output of can also be found at [2]

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