Unable to build libpython2.5.so on OS X 10.4

Christian Heimes lists at cheimes.de
Thu May 7 11:45:51 EDT 2009

Eric Winter schrieb:
> Hi all. I'm trying to build some internal code that needs to link
> against libpython2.5.so on a OS X 10.4 (Tiger) machine. It seems that
> no matter what combination of options and environment variables I give
> to the configure script from python 2.5.1, all I get is the
> libpython2.5.a (the static library). I've googled the problem and
> searched the comp.lang.python archives, but I have been unable to find
> anything that works.
> Is there some special magic I have to invoke to do this? I've not done
> any Mac development, so there may be some obvious point I am missing.
> The Python README file and configure script comments are not getting
> me very far.

You have to start with a clean plate and use the --enable-shared option
to configure:

make distclean
./configure --enable-unicode=ucs4 --enable-shared

That will give you a libpython2.5.dylib. The suffix for shared libraries
is .dylib on On Mac OS X, not .so!


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