[New-bugs-announce] [issue32459] Capsule API usage docs are incompatible with module reloading (etc)

Nick Coghlan report at bugs.python.org
Sun Dec 31 00:27:01 EST 2017

New submission from Nick Coghlan <ncoghlan at gmail.com>:

After commenting [1] on the fact that the current datetime module C API [2] is problematic due to its reliance on C level global variables, I discovered that this is actually the outcome of our recommended approach to using capsules to export a C API as function pointers: https://docs.python.org/3/extending/extending.html#providing-a-c-api-for-an-extension-module

So we first need to fix the documentation to propose a reloading friendly way of using capsules in other extension modules, and then we can then propose updating the public datetime C API accordingly (probably by defining new macros that accept the capsule reference as their first argument).

[1] https://bugs.python.org/issue10381#msg309214
[2] https://docs.python.org/3/c-api/datetime.html
[3] https://docs.python.org/3/extending/extending.html#providing-a-c-api-for-an-extension-module

messages: 309266
nosy: brett.cannon, eric.snow, ncoghlan
priority: normal
severity: normal
stage: needs patch
status: open
title: Capsule API usage docs are incompatible with module reloading (etc)
type: behavior

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