[Numpy-discussion] missing array type

Travis Oliphant oliphant at ee.byu.edu
Mon Feb 27 16:22:20 EST 2006

Sasha wrote:

>It looks like what you want is a zero-stride array that I proposed
>some time ago. See "zeros in strides" thread
>I've posted a patch to the list, but it was met with a mild opposition
>from Travis, so I've never committed it to SVN.    The final word was:
>I would also like to get more opinions about Sasha's proposal for
>zero-stride arrays.
>If you agree that zero-stride array would provide the functionality
>that you need, it may tip the ballance towards accepting that patch.
Actually, I think it does.   I think 0-stride arrays are acceptable (I 
think you can make them now but you have to provide your own memory, 

 From one perspective, all we are proposing to do is allow numpy to 
create the memory *and* allow differently strided arrays, right?  Now, 
if it creates the memory, the strides must be C-contiguous or 
fortran-contiguous.  We are going to allow user-specified strides, now, 
even on memory creation. 

Sasha,  your initial patch was pretty good but I was concerned about the 
speed of array creation being changed for other cases. If you can speed 
up PyArray_NewFromDescr (probably by only changing the branch that 
currently raises an error), then I think your proposed changes should be 

The check on the provided strides argument needs to be thought through 
so that we don't accept strides that will allow walking outside the 
memory that *is* or *will be* allocated.

I have not reviewed your code for this, but I'm assuming you've thought 
that through?


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