[New-bugs-announce] [issue22313] Make PYLONG_BITS_IN_DIGIT always available to non-core extensions

Stefan Behnel report at bugs.python.org
Sun Aug 31 12:22:00 CEST 2014

New submission from Stefan Behnel:

"longintrepr.h" is a non-public header file (not included by Python.h) that defines the inner struct layout of PyLong objects. Including it allows for very fast access to "small" integers through ob_digit[0] when -1 <= Py_SIZE(n) <= 1, which is a great feature.

However, the header file depends on PYLONG_BITS_IN_DIGIT being defined and matching exactly the value that was used when building CPython. In the case that --enable-big-digits=X was passed to configure, this value is available from pyconfig.h. Otherwise, it will be determined by pyport.h, where it depends on the current configuration of the C compiler and may in some cases come up with a different definition than it did when building CPython (which then leads to crashes).

I'd like to have the correct build-time value always available in one way or another, e.g. by always storing it in pyconfig.h even when it was not user configured, so that including and using longintrepr.h becomes a safe and simple thing.

components: Build
messages: 226167
nosy: mark.dickinson, scoder
priority: normal
severity: normal
status: open
title: Make PYLONG_BITS_IN_DIGIT always available to non-core extensions
type: enhancement
versions: Python 3.5

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