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Hi,

*** QUICK BACKGROUND ***
-)I have been working with pycsc.c in which I made a few modifications.
-)When I had it working un linux - I attempted to port it to Windows
-) I read a lot, downloaded mingwin and had pexports crash when I attempted to
get the .def out of winscard.dll
-) I then attempted to create the .def by hand with no luck
-) I read some more and decided I would have ess problems with Visual
Studio .NET (sigh) - so I broked down and invested
-) the setup.py failed on python 2.3 because V6 was required
-) I read there was a patch but also that the laster 2.4B was compiled with VS
7.1 (which I assumed meant .NET)
-) Downloaded it, everyting compiled and linked fine - had to copy the files
by hand to the right locations and everyting worked great.
*************** *************** *********
Now for the question:

Since pycsc does not use any brand new Python functionality, are the binaries
be compatible with earlier versions of Python ? down to which ?
Regards,

Philippe
Jul 18 '05 #1
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Philippe C. Martin wrote:
Since pycsc does not use any brand new Python functionality, are the binaries
be compatible with earlier versions of Python ? down to which ?

Binaries are compatible down to major.minor versions.
That is 2.3.4 works with 2.3.1 and so on. Nothing you build with 2.4
will work (pass the initial setup test) across major.minor versions.

In addition to Python sometimes making incompatible changes, Microsoft
changes the runtime library interface (and in some cases even the C
function call interface for compiled code) for each version of their
compiler. Since python 2.3 down (to at least 2.1) uses VC 6, your 2.4
stuff (compiled with 7.1) wouldn't work even if Python didn't try to
prevent you.

You haven't specified what version of Windows you are using, nor what
version of gcc you tried. I get no crash running gcc 3.2.3's pexports
from on winscard.dll on Win2K Pro SP 5. I can use that gcc with 2.3
to build extensions. If you need help either getting that to work, or
simply want an email of the pexports output, drop me an e-mail to let
me know.

-Scott David Daniels
Sc***********@A cm.Org
Jul 18 '05 #2

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