All function, type and macro definitions needed to use the Python/C API are included in your code by the following line:
This implies inclusion of the following standard headers:
<stdlib.h> (if available).
All user visible names defined by Python.h (except those defined by the included standard headers) have one of the prefixes "Py" or "_Py". Names beginning with "_Py" are for internal use by the Python implementation and should not be used by extension writers. Structure member names do not have a reserved prefix.
Important: user code should never define names that begin with "Py" or "_Py". This confuses the reader, and jeopardizes the portability of the user code to future Python versions, which may define additional names beginning with one of these prefixes.
The header files are typically installed with Python. On Unix, these
are located in the directories
prefix and exec_prefix are defined by the
corresponding parameters to Python's configure script and
sys.version[:3]. On Windows, the headers are
installed in prefix/include, where prefix is
the installation directory specified to the installer.
To include the headers, place both directories (if different) on your compiler's search path for includes. Do not place the parent directories on the search path and then use "#include <python2.4/Python.h>"; this will break on multi-platform builds since the platform independent headers under prefix include the platform specific headers from exec_prefix.
C++ users should note that though the API is defined entirely using
C, the header files do properly declare the entry points to be
extern "C", so there is no need to do anything special to use
the API from C++.
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