Mahmoud Abdelkader

Verifying Python64 builds

06 July 2009

At work, I'm migrating over python to our 64bit machines and one thing that I've noticed was that there really was no standard python 64bit verification method to ensure the build was really 64bit or not. I've read somewhere previously, especially for the Mac OS X crowd, that the LDFLAGS="-arch x86_64" flag had to be passed in before building on a 64bit machine.

It looks like python2.6 changed the way it was required to build respective 64bit binaries. To build on standard linux x86_64 architecture, the following standard steps to installing on a 64bit machine worked for me:

./configure
make && make test
make install

Surprisingly, I received a segmentation fault when building as well as testing. I've never seen this before, but for those of you who are interested, the error message was:

Parser/pgen ./Grammar/Grammar ./Include/graminit.h ./Python/graminit.c
make: \*\*\* [Include/graminit.h] Segmentation fault
Parser/pgen ./Grammar/Grammar ./Include/graminit.h ./Python/graminit.c
make: \*\*\* [Python/graminit.c] Segmentation fault

The verification step is actually pretty intuitive. An easy test to verify that you're on a 64bit machine is to find the size of the MAX_INT. Luckily for us, python makes this a very easy verification.

To verify the build, I went on a regular python 32bit machine and I did:

import sys
assert sys.maxint == 2147483647

On a 64bit machine, I did:

import sys
assert sys.maxint == 9223372036854775807

Clearly, my 64bit installation worked:)

Hope this helps some of you.

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