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Author vstinner
Recipients loewis, vstinner
Date 2014-08-25.01:41:15
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With the PEP 393 implemented in Python 3.3, PyUnicode_AsUnicode() and all similar functions have to convert the compact string to a heavy wchar_t* string (UCS-4 on Linux: 4 bytes per character, UTF-16 on Windows: 2 or 4 bytes per character) which is stored in the string. The heavy "Py_UNICODE*" storage is kept until the string is destroyed, which may only occur at Python exit.

To reduce the memory footprint, it would be nice to promote the usage of the PEP 393 and start to emit a DeprecationWarning warning. The Py_UNICODE type and all related functions are already deprecated in the documentation.

The deprecate PyUnicode_AsUnicode(), we should stop using it in Python itself. For example, PyUnicode_AsWideCharString() can be used to encode filenames on Windows, it doesn't store the encoded string in the Python object. See for example path_converter() in posixmodule.c.
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