mmap only supports string

Robert Kern robert.kern at
Thu Jan 8 21:51:45 CET 2009

Neal Becker wrote:
> Problem is, AFAIK a string can only be created as a copy of some other data.  Say I'd like to take some large object and read/write to/from mmap object.  A good way to do this would be the buffer protocol.  Unfortunately, mmap only supports string.  A string could only be created after copying the original object AFAIK.
> I think mmap should work directly with buffer protocol, so it could directly read/write with objects supporting buffer protocol.  Specifically, mmap slice should support buffer protocol.

You could use numpy as an intermediate. Slices will be numpy arrays which are 
views onto the mmap (no memory copying), and you can get a buffer from the numpy 

Robert Kern

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