[Python-Dev] test_gzip/test_tarfile failure om AMD64

Thomas Wouters thomas at python.org
Sun May 28 13:31:15 CEST 2006

I'm seeing a dubious failure of test_gzip and test_tarfile on my AMD64
machine. It's triggered by the recent struct changes, but I'd say it's
probably caused by a bug/misfeature in zlibmodule: zlib.crc32 is the result
of a zlib 'crc32' functioncall, which returns an unsigned long.
zlib.crc32turns that unsigned long into a (signed) Python int, which
means a number
beyond 1<<31 goes negative on 32-bit systems and other systems with 32-bit
longs, but stays positive on systems with 64-bit longs:

>>> zlib.crc32("foobabazr")

>>> zlib.crc32("foobabazr")

The old structmodule coped with that:
>>> struct.pack("<l", -271938108)
>>> struct.pack("<l", 4023029188)

The new one does not:
>>> struct.pack("<l", -271938108)
>>> struct.pack("<l", 4023029188)
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "<stdin>", line 1, in <module>
  File "Lib/struct.py", line 63, in pack
    return o.pack(*args)
struct.error: 'l' format requires -2147483647 <= number <= 2147483647

The structmodule should be fixed (and a test added ;) but I'm also wondering
if zlib shouldn't be fixed. Now, I'm AMD64-centric, so my suggested fix
would be to change the PyInt_FromLong() call to PyLong_FromUnsignedLong(),
making zlib always return positive numbers -- it might break some code on
32-bit platforms, but that code is already broken on 64-bit platforms. But I
guess I'm okay with the long being changed into an actual 32-bit signed
number on 64-bit platforms, too.

Thomas Wouters <thomas at python.org>

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