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This macro does a complete Python development environment check.

It checks for all known versions. When it finds an executable, it looks to find the header files and library.

It sets PYTHON_BIN to the name of the python executable, PYTHON_INCLUDE_DIR to the directory holding the header files, and PYTHON_LIB to the name of the Python library.


Source Code

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Copyright © 2008 Michael Tindal

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