Using C++ and ctypes together: a vast conspiracy? ;)

Thomas Heller theller at
Fri Jun 5 10:13:22 EDT 2009

skip at schrieb:
>     >> Requiring that the C++ compiler used to make the dll's/so's to be the
>     >> same one Python is compiled with wouldn't be too burdensome would it?
>     Scott> And what gave you then impression that Python is compiled with a
>     Scott> C++ compiler?
> I don't think it's too much to expect that a C++ compiler be available for
> the configure step if Python is being built in a C++ shop.  The C compiler
> used to build Python proper should be compatible with the C++ compiler
> available to build C++ extension modules or C++ libraries dynamically linked
> into Python.
> If there is no C++ compiler available then the proposed layout sniffing just
> wouldn't be done and either a configure error would be emitted or a run-time
> exception raised if a program attempted to use that feature.  (Or the
> sniffing could be explicitly enabled/disabled by a configure flag.)

Hm, on Linux, gccxml (if its version is compatible with that of the C++ compiler)
can probably help a lot.  At runtime, no configure step needed.
Unfortunately not on Windows.


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