[Python-checkins] bpo-16575: Disabled checks for union types being passed by value. (GH-17960)

Vinay Sajip webhook-mailer at python.org
Sun Jan 12 03:54:06 EST 2020


https://github.com/python/cpython/commit/c12440c371025bea9c3bfb94945f006c486c2c01
commit: c12440c371025bea9c3bfb94945f006c486c2c01
branch: master
author: Vinay Sajip <vinay_sajip at yahoo.co.uk>
committer: GitHub <noreply at github.com>
date: 2020-01-12T08:54:00Z
summary:

bpo-16575: Disabled checks for union types being passed by value. (GH-17960)

Although the underlying libffi issue remains open, adding these
checks have caused problems in third-party projects which are in
widespread use. See the issue for examples.

The corresponding tests have also been skipped.

files:
M Lib/ctypes/test/test_structures.py
M Modules/_ctypes/_ctypes.c

diff --git a/Lib/ctypes/test/test_structures.py b/Lib/ctypes/test/test_structures.py
index 283ccbf7237bb..245cd94c5cdd9 100644
--- a/Lib/ctypes/test/test_structures.py
+++ b/Lib/ctypes/test/test_structures.py
@@ -576,6 +576,7 @@ class U(Union):
             self.assertEqual(f2, [0x4567, 0x0123, 0xcdef, 0x89ab,
                                   0x3210, 0x7654, 0xba98, 0xfedc])
 
+    @unittest.skipIf(True, 'Test disabled for now - see bpo-16575/bpo-16576')
     def test_union_by_value(self):
         # See bpo-16575
 
@@ -656,7 +657,7 @@ class Test5(Structure):
         self.assertEqual(test5.nested.an_int, 0)
         self.assertEqual(test5.another_int, 0)
 
-    #@unittest.skipIf('s390' in MACHINE, 'Test causes segfault on S390')
+    @unittest.skipIf(True, 'Test disabled for now - see bpo-16575/bpo-16576')
     def test_bitfield_by_value(self):
         # See bpo-16576
 
diff --git a/Modules/_ctypes/_ctypes.c b/Modules/_ctypes/_ctypes.c
index 93af497bda25f..cb6e03f2ca14e 100644
--- a/Modules/_ctypes/_ctypes.c
+++ b/Modules/_ctypes/_ctypes.c
@@ -2401,6 +2401,23 @@ converters_from_argtypes(PyObject *ob)
     for (i = 0; i < nArgs; ++i) {
         PyObject *cnv;
         PyObject *tp = PyTuple_GET_ITEM(ob, i);
+/*
+ *      The following checks, relating to bpo-16575 and bpo-16576, have been
+ *      disabled. The reason is that, although there is a definite problem with
+ *      how libffi handles unions (https://github.com/libffi/libffi/issues/33),
+ *      there are numerous libraries which pass structures containing unions
+ *      by values - especially on Windows but examples also exist on Linux
+ *      (https://bugs.python.org/msg359834).
+ *
+ *      It may not be possible to get proper support for unions and bitfields
+ *      until support is forthcoming in libffi, but for now, adding the checks
+ *      has caused problems in otherwise-working software, which suggests it
+ *      is better to disable the checks.
+ *
+ *      Although specific examples reported relate specifically to unions and
+ *      not bitfields, the bitfields check is also being disabled as a
+ *      precaution.
+
         StgDictObject *stgdict = PyType_stgdict(tp);
 
         if (stgdict != NULL) {
@@ -2428,6 +2445,7 @@ converters_from_argtypes(PyObject *ob)
                 return NULL;
             }
         }
+ */
 
         if (_PyObject_LookupAttrId(tp, &PyId_from_param, &cnv) <= 0) {
             Py_DECREF(converters);



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