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Title: Enable AF_UNIX support in Windows
Type: enhancement Stage: patch review
Components: Windows Versions: Python 3.9
Status: open Resolution:
Dependencies: Superseder:
Assigned To: Nosy List: Jeffrey.Kintscher, Paul Monson, eric.smith, filips123, giampaolo.rodola, graingert, malin, paul.moore, steve.dower, tim.golden, zach.ware
Priority: normal Keywords: patch

Created on 2018-05-02 10:35 by filips123, last changed 2022-04-11 14:59 by admin.

Pull Requests
URL Status Linked Edit
PR 14823 closed Paul Monson, 2019-07-17 19:32
Messages (9)
msg316067 - (view) Author: Filip Š (filips123) * Date: 2018-05-02 10:35
Unix socket (AF_UNIX) is now avalible in Windows 10 (April 2018 Update). Please add Python support for it.
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msg347629 - (view) Author: Paul Monson (Paul Monson) * Date: 2019-07-10 18:06
I've been asked by my team to investigate what is required to enable AF_UNIX in Python.

Is anyone else actively investigating this?  I did a prelinary investigation and the impact on test in test_sockets was pretty simple.  

However there were 26 test failures in test_asyncio tests, with only the naive changes to all AF_UNIX to work with the socket class on Windows.  

The first failure I looked at was caused by ProactorEventLoop in not providing a windows-specific version of create_unix_server. This results in the code falling back to AbstractServer.create_unix_server which raises NotImplementedError.
msg347645 - (view) Author: Ma Lin (malin) * Date: 2019-07-11 00:21
Have you upgraded the building SDK that supports AF_UNIX?

And should remove AF_UNIX flag at runtime on systems older than Windows 10 1804, see issue32394.
msg347646 - (view) Author: Ma Lin (malin) * Date: 2019-07-11 00:43
It would be nice to investigate the habit of using AF_UNIX in Python code on GitHub:

If adding this flag will break a lot of code, due to lacking supports to datagram, maybe we should not add AF_UNIX at once, and waiting for full support to AF_UNIX.
msg348080 - (view) Author: Paul Monson (Paul Monson) * Date: 2019-07-17 19:18
I don't know if datagram support is coming to AF_UNIX on Windows.

The changes will only add the flag on Windows, and will enable stream sockets to use AF_UNIX on Windows.  In mind this isn't breaking datagram support.  It is true that it's a subset of what appears to be supported on Linux/Unix.
msg348880 - (view) Author: Ma Lin (malin) * Date: 2019-08-02 01:12
The current AF_UNIX address family of Windows10 doesn't support datagram, adding this flag may break some cross-platform code:

So I'm -1 on adding AF_UNIX personally.

I thought a compromise proposal:
- if (building SDK >= 1804 and run-time Windows >= 1804), add a undocumented flag _WIN_AF_UNIX, its value is equal to AF_UNIX.
- only use _WIN_AF_UNIX in stdlib, this is a black-box optimization.
- if someone really need high performance, he/she can uses this undocumented flag privately.

If one day Windows support full AF_UNIX, we can remove _WIN_AF_UNIX and add standard AF_UNIX.
msg348913 - (view) Author: Steve Dower (steve.dower) * (Python committer) Date: 2019-08-02 20:25
Most of those examples would break today if run on Windows, though (AttributeError). So they'd just continue to break, probably with a different error (I'm not clear what happens if we specify SOCK_DGRAM with this change).

Having an undocumented field doesn't really help much - what we want is a documented field with a different name, perhaps WIN_AF_UNIX? (I think we need to keep the "AF_" prefix for real values and not mess up the namespace ourselves.) That way we can document that it matches AF_UNIX when defined on Windows, but will not trigger existing code that checks for the presence of AF_UNIX. Then we'll have to update the standard library to use either/both values where supported.
msg348923 - (view) Author: Paul Monson (Paul Monson) * Date: 2019-08-02 22:17
If you try to create a datagram socket with the current AF_UNIX changes on Windows the error is:

OSError: [WinError 10047] An address incompatible with the requested protocol was used

All of the examples given will fail to load with AttributeError on Windows because socket.AF_UNIX is not a valid attribute on Windows.

I think it's possible that there is code that detects whether AF_UNIX is an attribute on socket or not and does something different on Windows, but I haven't seen an example of it so far.

I can make the changes to WIN_AF_UNIX when I continue working on this, just in case there is portable code out there somewhere.
msg348936 - (view) Author: Steve Dower (steve.dower) * (Python committer) Date: 2019-08-03 00:53
> I think it's possible that there is code that detects whether AF_UNIX is an attribute on socket or not and does something different on Windows, but I haven't seen an example of it so far.

One of the test suites linked above had a skipUnless(hasattr(socket, 'AF_UNIX')) on the whole class, and at least one test assumed that it could use datagram support, so there's the example.
Date User Action Args
2022-04-11 14:59:00adminsetgithub: 77589
2021-06-26 22:43:15graingertsetnosy: + graingert
2019-08-03 00:53:28steve.dowersetmessages: + msg348936
2019-08-02 22:17:33Paul Monsonsetmessages: + msg348923
2019-08-02 20:25:27steve.dowersetmessages: + msg348913
2019-08-02 01:12:59malinsetmessages: + msg348880
2019-07-17 19:32:21Paul Monsonsetkeywords: + patch
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pull_requests: + pull_request14617
2019-07-17 19:18:11Paul Monsonsetmessages: + msg348080
2019-07-11 00:43:38malinsetmessages: + msg347646
2019-07-11 00:21:30malinsetnosy: + malin
messages: + msg347645
2019-07-10 18:06:40Paul Monsonsetmessages: + msg347629
2019-07-10 14:22:44giampaolo.rodolasetnosy: + giampaolo.rodola
2019-07-03 21:12:19Jeffrey.Kintschersetnosy: + Jeffrey.Kintscher
2019-07-01 16:22:59steve.dowersettitle: AF_UNIX is now supported in Windows -> Enable AF_UNIX support in Windows
2019-06-24 23:25:24vstinnersetversions: + Python 3.9, - Python 3.8
2019-06-24 20:14:05Paul Monsonsetnosy: + Paul Monson
2018-05-02 11:17:49eric.smithsetnosy: + eric.smith

versions: + Python 3.8, - Python 3.7
2018-05-02 10:35:32filips123create