Title: Wrong Paths for distutils build --plat-name=win-amd64
Type: behavior Stage: resolved
Components: Distutils, Windows Versions: Python 3.4, Python 3.5, Python 2.7
Status: closed Resolution: out of date
Dependencies: Superseder:
Assigned To: tarek Nosy List: eric.araujo, loewis, mhammond, rgbecker, steve.dower, tarek
Priority: normal Keywords:

Created on 2010-03-18 11:55 by rgbecker, last changed 2021-02-03 18:26 by steve.dower. This issue is now closed.

File name Uploaded Description Edit
patch.txt rgbecker, 2010-03-18 11:55 patch to fix order of cross compile lib dirs
Messages (10)
msg101259 - (view) Author: Robin Becker (rgbecker) Date: 2010-03-18 11:55
When building extensions on win32 distutils with --plat-name=win-amd64 adds PCBuild/AMD64 in the wrong place.

This patch ensures the AMD64 location comes first
msg113051 - (view) Author: Terry J. Reedy (terry.reedy) * (Python committer) Date: 2010-08-05 20:47
With development of disutils2, distutils issues are not getting much separate attention. This may or may not get folded in to disutils2.
msg154214 - (view) Author: √Čric Araujo (eric.araujo) * (Python committer) Date: 2012-02-25 08:41
Martin, Mark, can either of you comment on this?
msg154429 - (view) Author: Mark Hammond (mhammond) * (Python committer) Date: 2012-02-27 04:51
I don't quite understand how the order will be wrong.  Which earlier entry is causing the problem?  OTOH though, I also don't quite understand how the build would work at all if a 32bit Python is used to invoke distutils with --plat-name=win-amd64 as the 32bit Python install wont have that PCBuild/AMD64 directory at all - so some more context is needed before I can understand this.
msg154543 - (view) Author: Robin Becker (rgbecker) Date: 2012-02-28 10:39
Some context. ReportLab windows exe installers for pythons 2.x x=4-7 are built on a single 32bit machine with 32bit pythons using a code that looks like this

set FT_LIB=c:\devel\libs_x86\freetype.lib
\python2x\python bdist_wininst --bitmap=%BMP% --title="ReportLab"

we build the 64 bit versions for 2.6 & 2.7 only. In those cases an extra step does

set FT_LIB=c:\devel\libs_amd64\freetype.lib
\python2.x\python bdist_wininst --bitmap=%BMP% --plat-name=win-amd64 --title="ReportLab"

To make this work I have copied from 64bit win32 installs of python2.6/7 various lib/dll/pyds. These live in 


C:\ux\ExeBuilder>ls \Python26\PCBuild\AMD64
_bsddb.lib            _socket.lib           pyexpat.lib
_bsddb.pyd            _socket.pyd           pyexpat.pyd
_ctypes.lib           _sqlite3.lib          python26.dll
_ctypes.pyd           _sqlite3.pyd          python26.lib
_ctypes_test.lib      _ssl.lib              select.lib
_ctypes_test.pyd      _ssl.pyd              select.pyd
_elementtree.lib      _testcapi.lib         sqlite3.dll
_elementtree.pyd      _testcapi.pyd         tcl85.dll
_hashlib.lib          _tkinter.lib          tclpip85.dll
_hashlib.pyd          _tkinter.pyd          tk85.dll
_msi.lib              bz2.lib               unicodedata.lib
_msi.pyd              bz2.pyd               unicodedata.pyd
_multiprocessing.lib  py.ico                winsound.lib
_multiprocessing.pyd  pyc.ico               winsound.pyd

I followed most of section 5.4 in to get this almost working, but got problems related to the library paths which my patch appears to fix (I seem to get working exes out of this approach).
msg154548 - (view) Author: Mark Hammond (mhammond) * (Python committer) Date: 2012-02-28 11:36
Can't you just install a 64bit Python in a different directory and use that executable to build the 64bit installer?  It seems less error prone and should work without manually copying stuff or changing any code.
msg154619 - (view) Author: Robin Becker (rgbecker) Date: 2012-02-29 11:53
That would be a solution if we had a separate 64 bit machine & extra versions of Visual Studio, but the actual bug is with the cross-compiling behaviour. If it's not supposed to work then this isn't a bug and section 5.4 should go; otherwise  the correct way to do this should be better documented and made to work.
msg154667 - (view) Author: Mark Hammond (mhammond) * (Python committer) Date: 2012-02-29 22:51
Those instructions in section 5.4 do seem wrong.  On first reading they imply that you need to start with a clean source tree on your 32bit Windows, then build the 64bit version of Python.  So far so good.  However, then you need to run python.exe - which must be a 32bit version of Python or it wouldn't start.

So I *guess* the instructions really should say to build *both* the 32 and 64bit versions in the same source tree - in which case I can see why your patch would be necessary.

Can you confirm the process you used?  I assume you did build both versions in the same tree, but you also mentioned copying the .lib files around - was that an attempt to work around this bug?

But yeah, sorry for the distraction - given 5.4 I think this bug is probably valid, but the patch should probably include updated instructions in 5.4 to make it more clear.
msg154686 - (view) Author: Robin Becker (rgbecker) Date: 2012-03-01 11:05
I cheated on the building both versions. I had 32 bit python installed and with the help of a colleague got hold of the installed files for the 64 bit version. I noticed that distutils was looking for the 64bit files in new_lib = os.path.join(sys.exec_prefix, 'PCbuild'). However, even though I had the files there the loader was missing them and trying to use the earlier lib specs. Experimenting with the command line led to the desire to prioritize the amd4 lib specification ie use insert instead of append for library_dirs. After this patch things do seem to work, but perhaps there's a better fix that removes/moves the 32 bit libs in some way. However, given that I am building the exes with a 32 bit python I suppose it's natural for distutils to assume we need the 32 bit libs.
msg386396 - (view) Author: Steve Dower (steve.dower) * (Python committer) Date: 2021-02-03 18:26
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
2021-02-03 18:26:37steve.dowersetstatus: open -> closed

nosy: + steve.dower
messages: + msg386396

resolution: out of date
stage: patch review -> resolved
2014-07-29 20:34:50BreamoreBoysetversions: + Python 3.4, Python 3.5, - Python 3.2, Python 3.3
2012-03-01 11:05:52rgbeckersetmessages: + msg154686
2012-02-29 22:51:02mhammondsetmessages: + msg154667
2012-02-29 11:53:08rgbeckersetmessages: + msg154619
2012-02-28 11:36:35mhammondsetmessages: + msg154548
2012-02-28 10:39:52rgbeckersetmessages: + msg154543
2012-02-27 04:51:23mhammondsetmessages: + msg154429
2012-02-25 08:41:07eric.araujosetnosy: + loewis, eric.araujo, mhammond, - terry.reedy

messages: + msg154214
versions: + Python 3.3, - Python 3.1
2010-08-10 11:36:48floxsetnosy: rgbecker, terry.reedy, tarek
components: + Windows
2010-08-05 20:47:35terry.reedysetnosy: + terry.reedy
messages: + msg113051
2010-08-05 03:43:54BreamoreBoysetstage: patch review
type: behavior
versions: + Python 3.1, Python 2.7, Python 3.2, - Python 2.6
2010-03-18 11:55:31rgbeckercreate