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Title: Expose RTLD_* constants in the posix module
Type: Stage:
Components: Library (Lib) Versions: Python 3.3
Status: closed Resolution: fixed
Dependencies: Superseder:
Assigned To: Nosy List: Arfrever, jwilk, loewis, neologix, python-dev, vstinner
Priority: normal Keywords: patch

Created on 2011-10-19 22:05 by vstinner, last changed 2022-04-11 14:57 by admin. This issue is now closed.

File name Uploaded Description Edit
posix_rtld.patch vstinner, 2011-10-19 22:05 review
posix_rtld-2.patch vstinner, 2011-10-20 19:40 review
Messages (9)
msg145975 - (view) Author: STINNER Victor (vstinner) * (Python committer) Date: 2011-10-19 22:05
We have a sys.setdlopenflags() function, but required constants are not available on all platforms. The DLFCN is only available on Linux and sunos5 (is plat-sunos5 available for all Solaris and OpenIndiana versions?), but not on OpenBSD, FreBSD, Mac OS X, ... whereas these platforms have the sys.setdlopenflags() function.

My patch contains 7 constants: 

 - RTLD_DEEPBIND (glibc >= 2.3)

The ctypes has two RTDL constants: RTLD_LOCAL and RTLD_GLOBAL. The 2 constants are always available, even if the platform doesn't support them! Extract of _ctypes.c:
/* If RTLD_LOCAL is not defined (Windows!), set it to zero. */
#ifndef RTLD_LOCAL
#define RTLD_LOCAL 0

/* If RTLD_GLOBAL is not defined (cygwin), set it to the same value as

Lib/plat-sunos5/ contains 25 constants, only 6 are available in my patch. I don't think that we should expose all constants.

Using Google Codesearch, I only found one user of RTLD constants (of the DLFCN module). It's PyKDE4 who calls:


I guess that the 7 constants should be enough for everyone :-) We may add more later on demand. You can add your own constant to your program if you really need a special option on a specific platform.
msg146046 - (view) Author: STINNER Victor (vstinner) * (Python committer) Date: 2011-10-20 19:40
Updated patch: remove "either" in the documentation. Thanks neologix par the review.
msg146067 - (view) Author: Charles-François Natali (neologix) * (Python committer) Date: 2011-10-21 07:19
Note that I'm really +10 on this issue: such constants belong to individual modules rather than to the unmanageable Lib/plat-XXX/.
msg146074 - (view) Author: Martin v. Löwis (loewis) * (Python committer) Date: 2011-10-21 09:42
The patch looks fine to me. However, I don't think it meets Charles-François' requirement of moving the constants into an individual module. Rather than living in the unmanageable plat-XXX, they now live in the unmanageable posixmodule.c...
msg146359 - (view) Author: Roundup Robot (python-dev) (Python triager) Date: 2011-10-25 11:34
New changeset c75427c0da06 by Victor Stinner in branch 'default':
Issue #13226: Add RTLD_xxx constants to the os module. These constants can by
msg146671 - (view) Author: Arfrever Frehtes Taifersar Arahesis (Arfrever) * (Python triager) Date: 2011-10-31 01:27
Python/sysmodule.c still contains references to DLFCN module.
msg146688 - (view) Author: Roundup Robot (python-dev) (Python triager) Date: 2011-10-31 10:50
New changeset 05e2bdc00c0c by Victor Stinner in branch 'default':
Issue #13226: Update sys.setdlopenflags() docstring
msg146851 - (view) Author: STINNER Victor (vstinner) * (Python committer) Date: 2011-11-02 17:06
sys.getdlopenflags() doc and docstring still contain references to ctypes and DLFCN module.
msg191589 - (view) Author: Roundup Robot (python-dev) (Python triager) Date: 2013-06-21 15:00
New changeset 1da78c7d382b by Andrew Kuchling in branch 'default':
#13226: update references from ctypes/DLFCN modules to os module
Date User Action Args
2022-04-11 14:57:22adminsetgithub: 57435
2013-06-21 15:00:42python-devsetmessages: + msg191589
2011-11-02 17:06:12vstinnersetmessages: + msg146851
2011-10-31 10:50:32python-devsetmessages: + msg146688
2011-10-31 01:27:38Arfreversetmessages: + msg146671
2011-10-25 11:34:21vstinnersetstatus: open -> closed
resolution: fixed
2011-10-25 11:34:12python-devsetnosy: + python-dev
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2011-10-21 09:42:21loewissetnosy: + loewis
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2011-10-21 07:19:48neologixsetnosy: + neologix
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2011-10-20 19:40:45vstinnersetfiles: + posix_rtld-2.patch

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2011-10-19 23:20:06Arfreversetnosy: + Arfrever
2011-10-19 22:14:17jwilksetnosy: + jwilk
2011-10-19 22:05:43vstinnercreate