The Python core devs, however, won't fix a bug that would make this simple and easy. The unwillingness of the #Python core dev community to support platforms outside Win/Mac/Linux (or non-gcc/clang/vcc compilers) is one reason I want nothing to do with core Python contributions any longer.
You know who did fix this upstream? Perl devs... Perl works like a dream on a VAX.
I've been insulted on their bug tracker for not understanding C properly (I was reporting a Windows issue) and had bugs dismissed purely because they don't apply to the "Big 3" platforms.
Python is unportable due to lack of upstream cooperation. The core devs were laughed at on stage during PyCon 2017 for their handling of bugs.
"I appreciate SDF but it's a general-purpose server and the name doesn't make it obvious that it's about art." - Eugen Rochko