Author vstinner
Recipients amaury.forgeotdarc, christian.heimes, georg.brandl, kristjan.jonsson, ncoghlan, serhiy.storchaka, vstinner
Date 2013-06-13.22:07:02
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>> We have to be careful with the GIL: PyMem_*() functions can only be
>> called when holding the GIL.

> (...)
> I think there's a potential problem here :)

I didn't understand the motivation to require the GIL held for PyMem_Malloc(). I searched in the source code history and on the Internet (archives of python-dev). In my opinion, the restiction is motivated by a bug: PyMem_Malloc() calls (indirectly) PyObject_Malloc() in debug mode, and PyObject_Malloc() is not thread-safe.

I opened a thread on python-dev to discuss this point.
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