[SDL] Problem porting a python module that calls SDL on MacOS X

Cesare cesare at poeticstudios.com
Sat Mar 12 10:48:48 PST 2005

Recently I've converted a SDL/OpenGL app with python embedded to a 
python library.

It works perfectly under Windows and Linux.
Under MacOS X I get hundreds of NSAutoreleaseNoPool errors when the c 
code calls SDL_Init_Video.

The problem, I believe, is that under MacOS X SDL is implemented upon 
Cocoa. It expects that I run an application with a main(). But in my 
case the main loop is in the python script, which call SDL_Init_Video 
and everything else in a function inside the c extension.

Does somebody know a different method, under Darwin and MacOS X, to open 
a SDL window from a dynamic library that is not called by a Cocoa 

I use distutils to compile. When I import the compiled module inside the 
python interpreter I can successfully call other methods, so the module 
has been compiled and works for the rest.



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