How to get directory of Python C library

Diez B. Roggisch deets at
Sun Nov 15 23:59:04 CET 2009

arve.knudsen at schrieb:
> On 15 Nov, 22:11, "Diez B. Roggisch" <de... at> wrote:
>> arve.knud... at schrieb:
>>> On 15 Nov, 21:24, "Diez B. Roggisch" <de... at> wrote:
>>>> arve.knud... at schrieb:
>>>>> On 15 Nov, 20:05, "Diez B. Roggisch" <de... at> wrote:
>>>>>> arve.knud... at schrieb:
>>>>>>> Hi
>>>>>>> I need to link against Python, is there a way to get the path to the
>>>>>>> directory containing Python's C library (e.g., <exec-prefix>/libs on
>>>>>>> Windows)?
>>>>>> Most probably from the registry somehow. In general, try & locate a
>>>>>> python-executable, and make it execute
>>>>>>   python -c "import sys; print sys.prefix"
>>>>>> Capture that, and you're done. Depending on the OS, the libs then are
>>>>>> placed in e.g. <prefix>/lib.
>>>>> That doesn't solve anything, the hard part is figuring out the part
>>>>> after <prefix> ..
>>>> AFAIK is that only varying based on the OS. Under unix, it's
>>>>   <prefix>/lib/python<version>/
>>>> You can get the platform via sys.platform.
>>> Well, my point is that I should like a way to query for this
>>> directory, just as I can query distutils.sysconfig for the include
>>> directory and Python library (i.e., the standard Python library)
>>> directory. It's not trivial to figure out Python's installation scheme
>>> so long as it's not written in stone ..
>> Well, than how about you word your question like that? But there is no
>> simple function to call. So the answer to the question you asked is: no.
>> I showed you a way that works for current python, and consists of
>> stitching together a number of informations.
>> Diez
> My original question was pretty clear I think. And I don't have the
> required information to deduce what the library path may look like on
> any given platform, there really should be a standard function for
> this.

I at least misunderstood it - which might be my fault. However, as there 
is no such function. I suggest you discuss this on the devel-list - 
however, anything before python2.7 is unlikely to grow such a function, 
so you are stuck with the ways I described.


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