[Numpy-discussion] how to work with numpy.int8 in c

James Bergstra bergstrj at iro.umontreal.ca
Wed Mar 3 12:06:01 EST 2010

Thanks all for your help, I think I'm on my way again.

The catch in the first place was not being confident that a
PyArray_Scalar was the thing I needed.  I grep'd the code for uint8,
int8 and so on and could not find their definitions.

On first reading I overlooked the PyArray_Scalar link in this section:

But now that it has been pointed out, I think the reference docs are
good enough for me to do what I wanted.

So the docs are pretty good.  I guess the only thing that I managed to
miss was the initial connection that  a numpy.int8(6) is a
PyArray_Scalar instance.  Seems obvious enough in hindsight...

On Wed, Mar 3, 2010 at 4:40 AM, David Cournapeau <david at silveregg.co.jp> wrote:
> Francesc Alted wrote:
>> A Wednesday 03 March 2010 02:58:31 David Cournapeau escrigué:
>>>> PyObject *ret;
>>>> PyArray_Descr *typecode;
>>>> typecode = PyArray_DescrFromType(PyArray_UINT8);
>>>> ret = PyArray_Scalar(NULL, typecode, NULL);
>>>> Py_DECREF(typecode);
>>> ^^^^ Sorry, this is wrong, this does not work on my machine, but I am
>>> not sure to understand why.
>> Well, at least the next works in Cython:
>> cdef npy_int8 next
>> cdef dtype int8
>> cdef object current
>> [...]
>> int8 = PyArray_DescrFromType(NPY_INT8)
>> current = PyArray_Scalar(&next, int8, None)
> Yes, what does not work is the Py_DECREF on typecode. Maybe I
> misunderstand the comment on PyArray_Scalar (typecode is not used but
> cannot be NULL).
> cheers,
> David
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