[Pyxpcomext] Pyxpcomext] pyxpcomext for Firefox 3.6 / xulrunner 1.9.2

Todd Whiteman twhitema at yahoo.com.au
Mon Feb 1 15:11:32 PST 2010

UCS2 was chosen to better integrate with the Mozilla UCS2 components.

Please see the followup posts to this message for the details:


On 10-02-01 02:41 PM, Michael Toomim wrote:
> My team just ran across this too, and so we spent some time recompiling a copy of python w/ distutils so that we could build our modules to be compatible with pyxpcomext.
> Is there a reason for building Pyxpcomext with UCS2?  Since most linux distros use UCS4, perhaps switching to UCS4 would be a good idea and reduce the effort required for people to port their python code?
> On Jan 29, 2010, at 12:06 PM, Todd Whiteman wrote:
>> On 10-01-29 10:19 AM, Elias Showk wrote:
>>> I built pybsddb using my standard python 2.6.4 (Python 2.6.4
>>> (r264:75706, Dec 7 2009, 18:43:55)
>>> [GCC 4.4.1] on linux2), and copied it to platform/Linux_x86_64-gcc3/pylib/
>>> Yet I haven't succeeded, because I have an ImportError during import of
>>> bsddb3.db :
>>> "platform/Linux_x86_64-gcc3/pylib/bsddb3/_pybsddb.so: undefined symbol:
>>> _Py_ZeroStruct"
>>> I proceeded the same way for all the external dependencies of my python
>>> module (numpy, etc). I suppose I'll also have the same kind of issues.
>> Is your standard Python built with UCS2 (as most Linux distros use UCS4)?
>> You can check using this command:
>> python -c "import sys; print sys.maxunicode>  65536 and 'UCS4' or 'UCS2'"
>> If it's UCS4 - then you need to find or build a UCS2 version and use that.
>> Cheers,
>> Todd

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