[Python-Dev] mmapfile module

Andrew M. Kuchling akuchlin@mems-exchange.org
Tue, 28 Mar 2000 15:50:18 -0500 (EST)

Fredrik Lundh writes:
>(And how come the Windows implementation doesn't support
>read-only vs. read/write flags?)

Good point; that should be fixed.

>    (filename, mode="rb", size=entire file, offset=0)
>be sufficient?  (where mode can be "wb" or "wb+" or "rb+",
>optionally without the "b")

Hmm... maybe we can dispose of the PROT_* argument that way on Unix.
But how would you specify MAP_SHARED vs. MAP_PRIVATE, or
MAP_ANONYMOUS?  (MAP_FIXED seems useless to a Python programmer.)
Another character in the mode argument, or a flags argument?

Worse, as you pointed out in the same thread, MAP_ANONYMOUS on OSF/1
doesn't want to take a file descriptor at all.

Also, the tag name on Windows seems important, from Gordon McMillan's
explanation of it:

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