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Title: Incomplete Python LDFLAGS and CPPFLAGS used for extension modules on posix
Type: behavior Stage: resolved
Components: Build, Distutils, Extension Modules Versions: Python 3.4, Python 3.5, Python 2.7
Status: closed Resolution: out of date
Dependencies: Superseder:
Assigned To: eric.araujo Nosy List: eric.araujo, jcea, koobs, marcusva, rpetrov, steve.dower, tarek
Priority: normal Keywords:

Created on 2012-06-06 12:51 by marcusva, last changed 2022-04-11 14:57 by admin. This issue is now closed.

Messages (3)
msg162405 - (view) Author: Marcus von Appen (marcusva) Date: 2012-06-06 12:51
If CPython is built and installed with additional CPPFLAGS and/or LDFLAGS on a posix platform, those flags are not passed to C extension modules, leaving users (in the worst case) lost without the ability to build and install C extension modules, if the flags are important for detecting include files or linking.


* Python shall be built with GNU pthreads (--with-pth)
* The pth libs are not installed in any default location, CPP and LD know about, but somewhere else (e.g. /usr/local/lib/pth/ and /usr/local/include/pth/)
* Appropriate CPPFLAGS="-I/usr/local/include/pth" and LDFLAGS="-L/usr/local/lib/pth" are defined in the environment for the build.

Python gets built and installed. Result in /wherever/pythonX.X/config/Makefile:

BASECFLAGS= -fno-strict-aliasing
CPPFLAGS=   -I. -IInclude -I$(srcdir)/Include -I/usr/local/include/pth
LDFLAGS=    -L/usr/local/lib/pth

Invocation of python-config --cflags:

# python-config --cflags 
-I/whereever/include/pythonX.X -I/whereever/include/pythonX.X -fno-strict-aliasing -pipe 

Invocation of python-config --ldflags:

# python-config --ldflags 
-L/whereever/lib/pythonX.X/config -lpth -lutil -lm -lpythonX.X

So far, so problematic. Since Python.h incorporates pth.h, compiling something without defining the necessary CPPFLAGS manually will fail. Same for linking.

The issue is *not* limited to --with-pth, but to any CPPFLAGS/LDFLAGS settings that are necessary to get CPython to work on the target platform. One might argue that CPPFLAGS should go to CFLAGS, but that contradicts the purpose of CPPFLAGS and CFLAGS.

At least for posix-alike platforms (those for which _init_posix() is called in distutils/, it is necessary that both, python-config as well as the distutils internals add the appropriate CPPFLAGS.

It might be argued that one should use CFLAGS instead of CPPFLAGS for such important additional flags, but what shall be done with LDFLAGS then?
msg224660 - (view) Author: Mark Lawrence (BreamoreBoy) * Date: 2014-08-03 20:50
Who is best placed to comment on build issues?
msg386294 - (view) Author: Steve Dower (steve.dower) * (Python committer) Date: 2021-02-03 18:16
Distutils is now deprecated (see PEP 632) and all tagged issues are being closed. From now until removal, only release blocking issues will be considered for distutils.

If this issue does not relate to distutils, please remove the component and reopen it. If you believe it still requires a fix, most likely the issue should be re-reported at
Date User Action Args
2022-04-11 14:57:31adminsetgithub: 59223
2021-02-03 18:16:16steve.dowersetstatus: open -> closed

nosy: + steve.dower
messages: + msg386294

resolution: out of date
stage: resolved
2019-04-26 20:25:13BreamoreBoysetnosy: - BreamoreBoy
2014-08-04 20:17:05rpetrovsetnosy: + rpetrov
2014-08-03 20:50:00BreamoreBoysetnosy: + BreamoreBoy

messages: + msg224660
versions: + Python 3.4, Python 3.5, - Python 2.6, Python 3.1, Python 3.2
2013-09-02 10:26:14koobssetnosy: + koobs
2012-06-06 16:00:23jceasetnosy: + jcea
2012-06-06 12:51:42marcusvacreate