[Python-Dev] Pep 353: Py_ssize_t advice

David Abrahams dave at boost-consulting.com
Sat Sep 23 00:17:13 CEST 2006

"Martin v. Löwis" <martin at v.loewis.de> writes:

> David Abrahams schrieb:
>>   #if PY_VERSION_HEX < 0x02050000
>>   typedef int Py_ssize_t;
>>   #define PY_SSIZE_T_MAX INT_MAX
>>   #define PY_SSIZE_T_MIN INT_MIN
>>   #endif
>> I just wanted to point out that this advice could lead to library
>> header collisions when multiple 3rd parties decide to follow it.  I
>> suggest it be changed to something like:
>>   #if PY_VERSION_HEX < 0x02050000 && !defined(PY_SSIZE_T_MIN)
> Strictly speaking, this shouldn't be necessary. C allows redefinition
> of an object-like macro if the replacement list is identical (for
> some definition of identical which applies if the fragment is
> copied literally from the PEP).
> So I assume you had non-identical replacement list? 


a. I didn't actually experience a collision; I only anticipated it

b. We were using C++, which IIRC does not allow such redefinition

c. anyway you'll get a nasty warning, which for some people will be
   just as bad as an error

> Can you share what alternative definition you were using?
> In any case, I still think this is good practice, so I added it
> to the PEP.


Dave Abrahams
Boost Consulting

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