[Numpy-discussion] Moving to gcc 4.* for win32 installers ?

Peter numpy-discussion@maubp.freeserve.co...
Thu Oct 27 08:16:10 CDT 2011

On Thu, Oct 27, 2011 at 2:02 PM, David Cournapeau <cournape@gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi,
> I was wondering if we could finally move to a more recent version of
> compilers for official win32 installers. This would of course concern
> the next release cycle, not the ones where beta/rc are already in
> progress.
> Basically, the pros:
>  - we will have to move at some point
>  - gcc 4.* seem less buggy, especially C++ and fortran.
>  - no need to maintain msvcr90 vodoo
> The cons:
>  - it will most likely break the ABI
>  - we need to recompile atlas (but I can take care of it)
>  - the biggest: it is difficult to combine gfortran with visual
> studio (more exactly you cannot link gfortran runtime to a visual
> studio executable). The only solution I could think of would be to
> recompile the gfortran runtime with Visual Studio, which for some
> reason does not sound very appealing :)
> Thoughts ?

Does this make any difference for producing 64bit Windows


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