Python in sci/tech applications

Robert Kern robert.kern at
Fri Nov 3 18:51:03 CET 2006

robert wrote:
> In past I asked for linking Python2.5 and next Pythons on Win against such standard DLL (MSVCRT4 or MSVCRT.DLL)- yet Martin v. Löwis somehow explained in  
> somehow that MSVCRT.dll is not intended for normal apps - only for "system-level components". 
> Now I'm stun that MingW by default works with that library by default!

This is what Martin said:

It used to be possible to link with it. See

This is now a "known DLL", and meant for use by system-level components

Note the words "used to" and "now". Mingw is a somewhat old project and was 
initially developed at a time when MSVCRT.dll *was* intended to be used by 
applications. It simply hasn't received enough attention recently to move to a 
different runtime. If you would like to volunteer your time to do the necessary 
work to allow it to link to modern runtimes, please do so. You will receive the 
undying thanks of many, many Pythoneers.

Robert Kern

"I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma
  that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had
  an underlying truth."
   -- Umberto Eco

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