[issue8654] Improve ABI compatibility between UCS2 and UCS4 builds

Martin v. Löwis report at bugs.python.org
Sat May 8 15:07:48 CEST 2010

Martin v. Löwis <martin at v.loewis.de> added the comment:

I propose a different approach:

1. add a flag to PyModuleDef, indicating whether the module was built in UCS-2 or UCS-4 mode. Then let the interpreter refuse the load the module, instead of having the dynamic linker do so.
2. provide a mode for the header files where Py_UNICODE is not defined. add another flag to PyModuleDef indicating whether that mode was used when compiling the extension.

Module authors then can make a choice whether or not to refer to the Unicode internal representation in their module. If they do, a UCS-2 version won't load into a UCS-4 interpreter. If they don't refer to Py_UNICODE at all, the module can be used across the two modes.

There is a slight risk that a module may already crash before calling PyModule_Create. To prevent that, we need to specify that no Unicode API must be used before calling PyModule_Create.


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