[SciPy-user] Building Numpy with Visual Studio?

Robert Kern robert.kern at gmail.com
Tue Oct 3 02:56:41 CDT 2006

Coatimundi wrote:
> As I read the build guidelines for Numpy at 
> www.scipy.org/Installing_SciPy/Windows I see that the instructions 
> suggest that Numpy can be built with the MSVC tools against an ATLAS lib 
> built with Cygwin tools.
> At this point I am perplexed.  I thought that Cygwin used ELF and that 
> Windows used COFF (actually PE) for static libs.
> So it is not obvious to me why setup.py should be able to build with the 
>   MSVC tools if the atlas and lapack libs are built with Cygwin tools.
> Maybe the Microsoft linker understands both ELF and COFF?
> Or maybe Cygwin actually uses PE?

The latter.

Robert Kern

"I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma
  that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had
  an underlying truth."
   -- Umberto Eco

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