[Python-Dev] bytes-like objects

Victor Stinner victor.stinner at gmail.com
Sun Oct 5 23:32:08 CEST 2014


I prefer "bytes-like" than "buffer protocol". By the way, is there a
documentation in Python doc which explains "bytes-like" and maybe list most
compatible types?

I'm not sure that the term has an unique definition. In some parts of
Python, I saw explicit checks on the type: bytes or bytearray, sometimes
memoryview is accepted. The behaviour is different in C functions using
PyArg API. It probably depends if the function relies on the content (read
bytes) or on methods (ex: call .find).

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