Compile kinterbasdb with mingw32 and python 2.6 - DLL load failed

Gerhard Häring gh at
Mon Sep 21 10:21:27 CEST 2009

Laszlo Nagy wrote:
>>> The building and installation went find. But I cannot "import
>>> kinterbasdb"
>>> because I get a "DLL load failed" error. I figured out that has
>>> something to
>>> do with msvcr90 and "_ftime". Can you please give me some advice how to
>>> solve this problem?
>> Download Microsoft Visual C++.2008 Express Edition
> Its license does not allow us to create services for internet if we
> charge fees. At least this is what I was told. Does this mean that using
> kinterbasdb (compiled with MSVC express) I'm forbidden to write
> commercial internet services? :-s

I see three options:

1) Ask a laywer.

2) Download the MSVC express compiled version from somewhere else. ;
adhere to the kinterbasdb license; let MS license issues not be your
problem - or at least now having "plausible deniability".

3) F*ck license issues. You're not redistributing anything, who will
know what software compiled with which compilers you're using?

Well, or just use mingw.

-- Gerhard

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