[Python-Dev] Proposing "Argument Clinic", a new way of specifying arguments to builtins for CPython

Chris Angelico rosuav at gmail.com
Tue Dec 4 22:49:07 CET 2012

On Tue, Dec 4, 2012 at 9:29 AM, Larry Hastings <larry at hastings.org> wrote:
> To save you a little time, here's a preview of using Clinic for
> dbm.open().  The stuff at the same indent as a declaration are
> options; see the "clinic.txt" in the repo above for full documentation.
>   /*[clinic]
>... hand-written content ...
>   [clinic]*/
>  ... generated content ...
>   /*[clinic end:eddc886e542945d959b44b483258bf038acf8872]*/

One thing I'm not entirely clear on. Do you run Clinic on a source
file and it edits that file, or is it a step in the build process?
Your description of a preprocessor makes me think the latter, but the
style of code (eg the checksum) suggests the former.


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