using distutils to cross-compile extensions?

Robert Kern robert.kern at
Thu Dec 4 23:46:53 CET 2008

Michael George wrote:
> Hi,
> Please CC me in replying as I am off list.
> I have an extension module that I've built using distutils.  I wonder if 
> it's possible to use distutils to cross-compile it for windows on my 
> linux box, and whether the pain involved is great.  Can anyone point me 
> in the right direction?

It *might* be possible with a number of ugly hacks, but the pain involved would, 
indeed, be great. distutils does not support cross-compiling at all.

Robert Kern

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