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Title: add a cell construtor, and expose the cell type in Lib/
Type: enhancement Stage: resolved
Components: Versions: Python 3.8
Status: closed Resolution: fixed
Dependencies: Superseder:
Assigned To: Nosy List: pierreglaser, pitrou, serhiy.storchaka, yselivanov
Priority: normal Keywords: patch

Created on 2019-02-06 10:55 by pierreglaser, last changed 2022-04-11 14:59 by admin. This issue is now closed.

File name Uploaded Description Edit
cell.patch pierreglaser, 2019-02-06 10:55 pierreglaser, 2019-02-06 10:57
Pull Requests
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PR 11771 merged pierreglaser, 2019-02-06 16:37
PR 11771 merged pierreglaser, 2019-02-06 16:37
Messages (3)
msg334924 - (view) Author: Pierre Glaser (pierreglaser) * Date: 2019-02-06 10:55
cell objects are containers for the free variables of functions defined in a
local scope. They are located in a function's __closure__ attribute (when
it is not None). A cell is a very simple object, with a single (optional, e.g
the cell can be empty) attribute: cell_contents.

The C/Python API provides a constructor to create such objects (PyCell_New).
However no cell.__new__ method is exposed to the pure python user. Workarounds
exist, but are hacky, and involve the creation of intermediate, unused

Why would cell-creation be useful? because creating cells happens in pickle
extensions modules designed to save user-defined functions and classes
( (*).  These moudules are dependencies of
many widely-used data science frameworks (pyspark, ray, dask). Exposing a cell
constructor will simplify theses extensions code base, and alleviate their
maintenance cost.

I propose to add and expose a simple cell constructor, that accepts 0 (empty
cells) or 1 arguments. I also propose to expose the cell type in Lib/
(as types.CellType)

(*): see related issues:
msg334931 - (view) Author: Antoine Pitrou (pitrou) * (Python committer) Date: 2019-02-06 11:53
Hi Pierre,

You'll want to submit your patch as a GitHub pull request.
Also your PR will have to contain:
- tests for the new Python-facing API
- documentation for the new API

You may want to read more in the developer's guide:
msg335037 - (view) Author: Antoine Pitrou (pitrou) * (Python committer) Date: 2019-02-07 19:36
New changeset df8d2cde63c865446468351f8f648e1c7bd45109 by Antoine Pitrou (Pierre Glaser) in branch 'master':
bpo-35911: add cell constructor (GH-11771)
Date User Action Args
2022-04-11 14:59:10adminsetgithub: 80092
2019-02-07 19:37:16pitrousetstatus: open -> closed
resolution: fixed
stage: patch review -> resolved
2019-02-07 19:36:58pitrousetmessages: + msg335037
2019-02-06 16:37:43pierreglasersetstage: patch review
pull_requests: + pull_request11739
2019-02-06 16:37:33pierreglasersetstage: (no value)
pull_requests: + pull_request11738
2019-02-06 11:53:28pitrousetmessages: + msg334931
2019-02-06 11:50:52pitrousetnosy: + serhiy.storchaka
2019-02-06 10:57:14pierreglasersetfiles: +
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