Author Nicolas Dessart
Recipients Nicolas Dessart
Date 2020-02-14.10:03:27
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On armhf and for variadic functions (and contrary to non-variadic functions), the VFP co-processor registers are not used for float argument parameter passing. This specificity is apparently completely disregarded by ctypes which always uses `ffi_prep_cif` to prepare the parameter passing of a function while it should most probably use `ffi_prep_cif_var` for variadic functions.

As such variadic function call with float arguments through ctypes
is currently broken on armhf targets.

I think that ctypes API should be updated to let the user specify if a function is variadic.

I've attached a patch to the ctypes unit tests that I'm using to reproduce this bug.

pi@raspberrypi:~/code/cpython $ ./python -m test test_ctypes    
0:00:00 load avg: 0.00 Run tests sequentially
0:00:00 load avg: 0.00 [1/1] test_ctypes
_testfunc_d_bhilfd_var got 2 3 4 -1242230680 -0.000000 -0.000000
test test_ctypes failed -- Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/home/pi/code/cpython/Lib/ctypes/test/", line 146, in test_doubleresult_var
    self.assertEqual(result, 21)
AssertionError: -7.086855952261741e-44 != 21

test_ctypes failed

== Tests result: FAILURE ==

1 test failed:

Total duration: 3.8 sec
Tests result: FAILURE
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