[SciPy-dev] issues with distributing Numeric separately on windows

pearu at scipy.org pearu at scipy.org
Fri Apr 5 09:33:42 CST 2002


On Thu, 4 Apr 2002, eric wrote:

> Some people balked when SciPy was distributed with Numeric last time.  We've
> endeavored to separate things out this time so that that wasn't necessary.
> However, this is pretty much a show stopper on windows -- and was major reason
> we bundled them last time.  I think we'll have to distribute a gcc compiled
> version of Numeric with SciPy on windows.  This will get installed over (will
> clobber) your old installation of Numeric in the process.  It does not affect
> Numeric's other than making it version 21.0. By this I mean, the gcc and MSVC
> versions will work identically and work with all your extension modules.

Personally and in general, I would not feel good if some package
overwrites already installed version of it. It might happen that the
installed version of the package is newer and as a result the overwrite
would break this package (as it may contain new features, bug fixes).

Would it be possible if NumPy team would provide also gcc compiled
binaries for windows? 

And to make clear for Windows installers that SciPy will work only with
gcc compiled Numeric. May be it is possible to check that
the correct Numeric is used already in the SciPy setup.py script and it
would raise an exception if Numeric is not compiled with gcc.


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