[Numpy-discussion] fromfile() -- aarrgg!

Christopher Barker Chris.Barker at noaa.gov
Mon Jan 11 19:11:26 EST 2010

Pauli Virtanen wrote:
> Thu, 07 Jan 2010 17:21:34 -0800, Christopher Barker wrote:
> [clip]
>> It does pass on that return value, but, from ctors.c:
>> fromfile_next_element(FILE **fp, void *dptr, PyArray_Descr *dtype,
>>                        void *NPY_UNUSED(stream_data))
>> {
>>      /* the NULL argument is for backwards-compatibility */ return
>>      dtype->f->scanfunc(*fp, dptr, NULL, dtype);
>> }
> This functions is IMHO where the fix should go; I believe it should do 
> something like
> 	return (ret == 0 || ret == EOF) ? -1 : ret;

OK, more digging (and printf debugging -- I really need to learn to 
debug C extensions properly). I've found the deeper issue:

NumPyOS_ascii_strtod returns a 0.0 when given invalid input, such as " 
,". That's why fromstring is putting in a 0.0 for empty (and invalid) 

Diggin into NumPyOS_ascii_strtod(), it looks like it is simply a wrapper 
around PyOS_ascii_strtod(), that checks for NaN and Inf first (and 
somethign with teh decimal point, I dont' quite get). But anyway, if it 
is a regular old number, it gets passed of to PyOS_ascii_strtod(), which 
isn't outragiously well documented (no, I havne't gone to the source, 
yet), but is similar to the C stdlib srtod(), which says:

"If no conversion is performed, zero is returned and the value of nptr 
is stored in the location referenced by endptr."

off do do some more testing, but I guess that means that those pointers 
need to be checked after the call, to see if a conversion was generated.

Am I right?


PS: Boy, this is a pain!

Christopher Barker, Ph.D.

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