[Python-Dev] PEP 384 status

"Martin v. Löwis" martin at v.loewis.de
Sat Sep 4 15:06:46 CEST 2010

> It would be interesting to know how, in practice, these FILE pointers
> come to life.  In my experience they are generally obtained via fopen.

I think that experience can't be generalized. I personally guess that
in most cases, the FILE* being passed across CRT boundaries is stdout.

> If that is broadly true, then a middle-ground may be for Python to
> expose something like Py_fopen, Py_fclose and a PyFILE opaque "handle".
>  API elements which currently take a FILE * could be exposed using a
> PyFILE * in the ABI.  People who didn't care about this level of
> portability could continue to use the non-ABI FILE * functions, but
> people who do could use Py_fopen/Py_fclose in place of fopen/fclose but
> otherwise work as now.

I don't think this would solve the problem; see above.


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