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Title: Make PyExceptionClass_Name returning a const string
Type: enhancement Stage: resolved
Components: Interpreter Core Versions: Python 3.8
Status: closed Resolution: fixed
Dependencies: Superseder:
Assigned To: Nosy List: ned.deily, serhiy.storchaka
Priority: normal Keywords: patch

Created on 2018-06-10 06:35 by serhiy.storchaka, last changed 2022-04-11 14:59 by admin. This issue is now closed.

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PR 7581 merged serhiy.storchaka, 2018-06-10 06:45
Messages (3)
msg319201 - (view) Author: Serhiy Storchaka (serhiy.storchaka) * (Python committer) Date: 2018-06-10 06:36
PyExceptionClass_Name() returns just the tp_name field, a pointer to immutable char array. tp_name had type "char *" in old Python versions, but it was changed to "const char *" in revision af68c874a6803b4e90b616077a602c0593719a1d.

But PyExceptionClass_Name() still casts tp_name to "char *". I think it would be better to return "const char *". It would be a breaking change, but seems most third-party code uses the result of PyExceptionClass_Name() in context where "const char *" is acceptable [1], and it is easy to add "const" in a variable declaration if the result is assigned to a variable (as in both cases of using PyExceptionClass_Name() in the CPython core).

Since several similar breaking changes were made in 3.7 (see issue28761 and issue28769), it would be nice to made this change in 3.7 too. But it may be too late for 3.7.

msg319255 - (view) Author: Ned Deily (ned.deily) * (Python committer) Date: 2018-06-10 22:07
While I think the change makes sense aesthetically, I do not see a compelling reason why such a user interface change should be introduced to 3.7 at literally the last moment.  Let's do it for 3.8, please.
msg319593 - (view) Author: Serhiy Storchaka (serhiy.storchaka) * (Python committer) Date: 2018-06-15 08:09
New changeset ceeef10cdbc08561f9954e13bbed1cb2299a8c72 by Serhiy Storchaka in branch 'master':
bpo-33818: PyExceptionClass_Name() will now return "const char *". (GH-7581)
Date User Action Args
2022-04-11 14:59:01adminsetgithub: 77999
2018-06-15 08:10:50serhiy.storchakasetstatus: open -> closed
resolution: fixed
stage: patch review -> resolved
2018-06-15 08:09:46serhiy.storchakasetmessages: + msg319593
2018-06-10 22:07:58ned.deilysetmessages: + msg319255
versions: - Python 3.7
2018-06-10 06:45:05serhiy.storchakasetkeywords: + patch
stage: patch review
pull_requests: + pull_request7204
2018-06-10 06:36:34serhiy.storchakasetmessages: - msg319200
2018-06-10 06:36:24serhiy.storchakasetmessages: + msg319201
2018-06-10 06:35:52serhiy.storchakacreate