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Title: Make _Py_PackageContext of type "const char *"
Type: enhancement Stage: resolved
Components: Interpreter Core Versions: Python 3.7
Status: closed Resolution: fixed
Dependencies: Superseder:
Assigned To: Nosy List: brett.cannon, eric.snow, ncoghlan, python-dev, serhiy.storchaka
Priority: normal Keywords: patch

Created on 2016-11-20 09:32 by serhiy.storchaka, last changed 2022-04-11 14:58 by admin. This issue is now closed.

File name Uploaded Description Edit
_Py_PackageContext-const.patch serhiy.storchaka, 2016-11-20 09:31 review
_Py_PackageContext-const-2.patch serhiy.storchaka, 2016-11-20 19:54 review
Pull Requests
URL Status Linked Edit
PR 552 closed dstufft, 2017-03-31 16:36
Messages (6)
msg281256 - (view) Author: Serhiy Storchaka (serhiy.storchaka) * (Python committer) Date: 2016-11-20 09:31
Currently _Py_PackageContext has type "char *". But it is either NULL or a pointer to internal readonly UTF-8 representation of Unicode object. Adding the const qualifier makes it clear that the data is immutable. I don't think this change will break third-party code.
msg281266 - (view) Author: Nick Coghlan (ncoghlan) * (Python committer) Date: 2016-11-20 14:21
It technically could (if they're passing it to a function that takes a "char *"), but if they are and they can't change the affected function to take "const char *" instead, then that's an actual bug in the way they're using it.

So +1 from me for explicitly declaring the immutability in 3.7+ - it will need a note in the What's New porting guide though.
msg281298 - (view) Author: Serhiy Storchaka (serhiy.storchaka) * (Python committer) Date: 2016-11-20 19:54
Added a What's New note.

On GitHub I found only three projects (besides clones of CPython sources) that use _Py_PackageContext. They are not affected by this change.
msg281331 - (view) Author: Nick Coghlan (ncoghlan) * (Python committer) Date: 2016-11-21 08:18
Ah, my apologies - for some reason I completely failed to notice the leading underscore until I saw you refer to this as a private variable in the What's New note.

That means the note only needs to go in the NEWS file for the benefit of maintainers, rather than in the public porting notes. Sorry for overcomplicating things :)

Aside from my confusion about this actually being a private interface, the patch looks good to me.
msg281333 - (view) Author: Roundup Robot (python-dev) (Python triager) Date: 2016-11-21 08:26
New changeset d2dd6578aa16 by Serhiy Storchaka in branch 'default':
Issue #28748: Private variable _Py_PackageContext is now of type "const char *"
msg281334 - (view) Author: Serhiy Storchaka (serhiy.storchaka) * (Python committer) Date: 2016-11-21 08:27
Thanks Nick.
Date User Action Args
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resolution: fixed
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2016-11-20 19:54:37serhiy.storchakasetfiles: + _Py_PackageContext-const-2.patch

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2016-11-20 09:32:00serhiy.storchakacreate