Welcome to the "PC" subdirectory of the Python distribution
*** Note: the project files for MS VC++ 5.0 and 6.0 are now in the
*** PCbuild directory. See the file readme.txt there for build
*** instructions. There is some information below that might
*** still be relevant.
This "PC" subdirectory contains complete project files to make
several older PC ports of Python, as well as all the PC-specific
Python source files. It should be located in the root of the
Python distribution, and there should be directories "Modules",
"Objects", "Python", etc. in the parent directory of this "PC"
subdirectory. Be sure to read the documentation in the Python
Python requires library files such as string.py to be available in
one or more library directories. The search path of libraries is
set up when Python starts. To see the current Python library search
path, start Python and enter "import sys" and "print sys.path".
All PC ports use this scheme to try to set up a module search path:
1) The script location; the current directory without script.
2) The PYTHONPATH variable, if set.
3) For Win32 platforms (NT/95), paths specified in the Registry.
4) Default directories lib, lib/win, lib/test, lib/tkinter;
these are searched relative to the environment variable
PYTHONHOME, if set, or relative to the executable and its
ancestors, if a landmark file (Lib/string.py) is found ,
or the current directory (not useful).
5) The directory containing the executable.
The best installation strategy is to put the Python executable (and
DLL, for Win32 platforms) in some convenient directory such as
C:/python, and copy all library files and subdirectories (using XCOPY)
to C:/python/lib. Then you don't need to set PYTHONPATH. Otherwise,
set the environment variable PYTHONPATH to your Python search path.
There are several add-in modules to build Python programs which use
the native Windows operating environment. The ports here just make
"QuickWin" and DOS Python versions which support a character-mode
(console) environment. Look in www.python.org for Tkinter, PythonWin,
WPY and wxPython.
To make a Python port, start the Integrated Development Environment
(IDE) of your compiler, and read in the native "project file"
(or makefile) provided. This will enable you to change any source
files or build settings so you can make custom builds.
config.h An important configuration file specific to PC's.
config.c The list of C modules to include in the Python PC
version. Manually edit this file to add or
remove Python modules.
testpy.py A Python test program. Run this to test your
Python port. It should produce copious output,
ending in a report on how many tests were OK, how many
failed, and how many were skipped. Don't worry about
skipped tests (these test unavailable optional features).
src A subdirectory used only for VC++ version 1.5 Python
source files. See below. The other compilers do not
use it. They reference the actual distribution
Additional files and subdirectories for 32-bit Windows
python_nt.rc Resource compiler input for python15.dll.
Additional sources used for 32-bit Windows features.
getpathp.c Default sys.path calculations (for all PC platforms).
dllbase_nt.txt A (manually maintained) list of base addresses for
various DLLs, to avoid run-time relocation.
example_nt A subdirectory showing how to build an extension as a
Microsoft Visual C++ Version 1.5 (16-bit Windows)
Since VC++1.5 does not handle long file names, it is necessary
to run the "makesrc.exe" program in this directory to copy
Python files from the distribution to the directory "src"
with shortened names. Included file names are shortened too.
Do this before you attempt to build Python.
The "makesrc.exe" program is a native NT program, and you must
have NT, Windows 95 or Win32s to run it. Otherwise you will need
to copy distribution files to src yourself.
The makefiles are named *.mak and are located in directories
starting with "vc15_". NOTE: When dependencies are scanned
VC++ will create dependencies for directories which are not
used because it fails to evaluate "#define" properly. You
must manaully edit makefiles (*.mak) to remove references to
"sys/" and other bad directories.
vc15_lib A static Python library. Create this first because is
is required for vc15_w31.
vc15_w31 A Windows 3.1x Python QuickWin (console-mode)
Python including sockets. Requires vc15_lib.
Watcom C++ Version 10.6
The project file for the Watcom compiler is ./python.wpj.
It will build Watcom versions in the directories wat_*.
wat_dos A 32-bit extended DOS Python (console-mode) using the
dos4gw DOS extender. Sockets are not included.
wat_os2 A 32-bit OS/2 Python (console-mode).
Sockets are not included.
IBM VisualAge C/C++ for OS/2
See os2vacpp/readme.txt. This platform is supported by Jeff Rush.