When using virtualenv in combination with the MinGW compiler on Windows, compiling a C extension results in the following error:
C:\MinGW\bin\..\lib\gcc\mingw32\3.4.5\..\..\..\..\mingw32\bin\ld.exe: cannot find -lpython25
collect2: ld returned 1 exit status
error: Setup script exited with error: command 'gcc' failed with exit status 1
What should one do to successfully compile C extensions?
LIBRARY_PATH environment variable so MinGW knows where to find the system-wide Python
Place a line in your virtualenv's
Or set a global environment variable in Windows.
Be sure to change
25 to correspond to your version of Python if you're not using version 2.5.