[Numpy-discussion] Any plans for windows 64-bit installer for 1.7?

Matthew Brett matthew.brett@gmail....
Thu Feb 7 00:41:28 CST 2013


On Wed, Feb 6, 2013 at 10:21 PM, Ondřej Čertík <ondrej.certik@gmail.com> wrote:
> On Wed, Feb 6, 2013 at 9:20 PM, Dag Sverre Seljebotn
> <d.s.seljebotn@astro.uio.no> wrote:
>> On 02/07/2013 12:16 AM, Matthew Brett wrote:
> [...]
>>> Can you clarify the people you think will get stuck?  I think I'm
>>> right in saying that anyone with a C extension should be able to build
>>> them against numpy, by installing the free (as-in-beer) MS tools?  So
>>> do you just mean people needing a Fortran compiler?  That's a small
>>> constituency, I think.
>> Off the top of my head there's SciPy and pymc...
>> Anyway, I'm butting in because I wish this discussion could separate
>> between the user perspective and the developer perspective.
>> FWIW,
>> 1) From a user's perspective, I don't understand this either. If you are
>> already using a closed source, not-free-as-in-beer operating system, why
>> would you not use (or buy!) a closed source, not-free-as-in-beer Fortran
>> compiler?
> Indeed. Though I really have no clue on the Windows use cases. Maybe
> most Windows users don't want to compile anything, just
> use numpy and scipy from Python?

Well - yes - as a packager I really want to be able to provide a
binary so my binary consumers don't have to have a C compiler
installed.   I imagine it's the same for all of us packagers out

>> 2) BUT, the argument I've seen that I can at least understand is that
>> the release manager should be able to do a release using only open
>> source tools (even using Wine instead of Windows) and not rely on a
>> limited number of licenses. And that the release manager must be able to
>> perform all the official builds directly.
> As the release manager, I really only have two requirements:
> * I want to ssh in there from my Ubuntu
> * I want to automate the whole process
> For Mac, linux and Wine I can do that. So I have just spend few hours
> browsing the net and it looks like that the combination of Windows
> PowerShell 2.0:
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_PowerShell
> and some SSH server, there are quite a few, one commercial but free
> for one user one connection (perfect for me!):
> http://www.powershellinside.com/powershell/ssh/
> So if I understand the pages correctly, I can login there from linux,
> and then I use the PowerShell commands to script anything. It looks
> like I can even use my Fabric fabfiles with powershell:
> https://gist.github.com/diyan/2850866
> I can also use git with PowerShell:
> http://windows.github.com/
> http://haacked.com/archive/2011/12/13/better-git-with-powershell.aspx
> So the final problem is how to execute MSVC and Fortran from Power
> Shell on Windows. These links might help for MSVC:
> http://stackoverflow.com/questions/4398136/use-powershell-for-visual-studio-command-prompt
> http://geekswithblogs.net/dwdii/archive/2011/05/20/automating-a-visual-studio-build-with-powershell---part-1.aspx
> Finally, for Intel Fortran + powershell:
> http://software.intel.com/en-us/forums/topic/284425
> So I think it is all possible. If somebody can provide a machine with
> Windows, MSVC, PowerShell2.0, SSH server and some Fortran compiler, it
> should be possible for me to automate everything from Ubuntu using my
> Fabric files (https://github.com/certik/numpy-vendor).

Many many thanks for trying to solve this.  I had really started to
give up hope.

I think you will need a developer's license for MKL for Numpy.  Ralf -
any ETA for those?

I think I'm right in thinking you'll need a Fortran compiler for Scipy
but not Numpy?  Can we defer the Scipy build until after the Numpy

I will try to get you set up with ssh on my Windows 7 machine in case
you can use it.  It has the MS tools.

Thanks again,


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