How to receive a FILE* from Python under MinGW?

Gabriel Genellina gagsl-py2 at
Wed Mar 21 07:08:23 CET 2007

En Wed, 21 Mar 2007 01:58:05 -0300, John Pye <john.pye at> escribió:

> Hmm. Reading this again I think I understand properly now. The
> 'fileno' is really *not* the same thing as the FILE* pointer cast to
> an integer. It is a lower-level structure.
Just an integer. But as Ross Ridge has pointed out, it's not an OS thing  
on Windows, it's faked by the C runtime.

> The question is now, if I don't want to modify my *python* code, how
> do I get at the 'fileno' property of my PyFileObject?

 From Python, calling the fileno() method. From C, using  
And then, using get_osfhandle(fd)

> Also, are there consequences for using this approach of regenerating
> the FILE struct? For example if I have the following:
> F = os.tmpfile()
> F.write("some data")
> myswigmodule.dosomething(F)
> S =
> print S

Just try it and let us know what happens! :)

> I don't know enough about this low-level file handling to really
> understand the implications of what you are proposing -- perhaps you
> could explain a little?

It's too late (for me) now, but if you can't make it work I'll try an  
example tomorrow.

Gabriel Genellina

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