sharedctypes can only be used with related processes. There is no way that you can pass a sharedctype to an unrelated process. multiprocessing.shared_memory was created to handle this i.e. allow usage of shared memory IPC across unrelated processes.

On 02-Aug-2020, at 9:42 PM, Marco Sulla <> wrote:

There's also the possibility to use shared ctypes:

Operations like += which involve a read and write are not atomic. So if, for instance, you want to atomically increment a shared value it is insufficient to just do
counter.value += 1
Assuming the associated lock is recursive (which it is by default) you can instead do

counter.get_lock(): counter.value += 1

Notice that they use a lock anyway. Maybe the solution of Wes Turner is better. See also RLock:

On Sat, 1 Aug 2020 at 22:42, Eric V. Smith <> wrote:
While they're immutable at the Python level, strings (and all other
objects) are mutated at the C level, due to reference count updates. You
need to consider this if you're sharing objects without locking or other

This is interesting. What if you want to have a language that uses only immutable objects and garbage collection? Could smart pointers address this problem?
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