ctypes 0.9.2 released

Thomas Heller theller at python.net
Fri Oct 29 20:38:54 CEST 2004


Ian Bicking <ianb at colorstudy.com> writes:

> Just wrote:
>>>One of the perceived strengths of Python is the fact that it
>>>integrates well with the platforms it is running on, so it's not an
>>>insulated box like Java.
>> Another one of Pythons perceived strengths is that if you get a
>> segfault, it's a bug in Python. With ctypes that will no longer be
>> as clear.
>
> It's always been the case that C extensions can cause segfaults.  This
> is just a tool for incorporating C extensions, without writing any
> extra C.  It even says "c" right in the name, which should cause a
> certain amount of (justified) fear for anyone who knows what that
> means ;)
>
> Having ctypes in the stdlib would be cool, because it would mean that
> many C library extension could be installed with no compilation step,
> since ctypes would already be compiled as part of the default
> install. Assuming the C library was already installed, but typically C
> libraries get packaged for distribution long before the associated
> Python extension is packaged.

Of course I think that ctypes in the standard lib would be great, but I
won't try to push this myself anymore.  I tried several times in the
past, and have failed miserably (at least that's how I feel).

Thomas



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