[Python-Dev] cffi in stdlib

Maciej Fijalkowski fijall at gmail.com
Tue Feb 26 17:39:25 CET 2013

On Tue, Feb 26, 2013 at 6:34 PM, Eli Bendersky <eliben at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Tue, Feb 26, 2013 at 7:42 AM, Nick Coghlan <ncoghlan at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Wed, Feb 27, 2013 at 1:13 AM, Maciej Fijalkowski <fijall at gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>> > Hello.
>> >
>> > I would like to discuss on the language summit a potential inclusion
>> > of cffi[1] into stdlib.
>> I think cffi is well worth considering as a possible inclusion for
>> Python 3.4. (In particular, I'm a fan of the fact it just uses C
>> syntax to declare what you're trying to talk to)
> I'm cautiously +0.5 because I'd really like to see a strong comparison case
> being made vs. ctypes. I've used ctypes many times and it was easy and
> effortless (well, except the segfaults when wrong argument types are
> declared :-). I'll be really interesting in seeing concrete examples that
> demonstrate how CFFI is superior.

My main issue with ctypes, other than confusing API, which is up to
taste, is that you just cannot wrap some libraries, like OpenSSL
because of API vs ABI. OpenSSL uses macros extensively. Another point
is that even C POSIX stdlib gives you incomplete structs and you have
to guess where to put what fields.

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