11.4 distutils.msvccompiler -- Microsoft Compiler

This module provides MSVCCompiler, an implementation of the abstract CCompiler class for Microsoft Visual Studio. Typically, extension modules need to be compiled with the same compiler that was used to compile Python. For Python 2.3 and earlier, the compiler was Visual Studio 6. For Python 2.4 and 2.5, the compiler is Visual Studio .NET 2003. The AMD64 and Itanium binaries are created using the Platform SDK.

MSVCCompiler will normally choose the right compiler, linker etc. on its own. To override this choice, the environment variables DISTUTILS_USE_SDK and MSSdk must be both set. MSSdk indicates that the current environment has been setup by the SDK's SetEnv.Cmd script, or that the environment variables had been registered when the SDK was installed; DISTUTILS_USE_SDK indicates that the distutils user has made an explicit choice to override the compiler selection by MSVCCompiler.

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