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Date 2020-05-11.22:23:25
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"Statically allocated types" prevents to get per-interpreter GIL: bpo-40512. These types are currently shared by all interpreters.

Eric Snow proposed the idea of creating a heap allocated type in subintepreters. But we should take care of direct usage of the statically allocated type.

For example, Objects/longobject.c defines "PyTypeObject PyLong_Type = {...};". This type is exposed in the limited C API (!) in Include/longobject.c:

PyAPI_DATA(PyTypeObject) PyLong_Type;

It's used but such macro:

#define PyLong_CheckExact(op) Py_IS_TYPE(op, &PyLong_Type)

I don't think that these types are directly accessed in C extensions built with the limited C API. My expectation is that the type is only exposed for "CheckExact" macros.

Currently, 100 statically allocated types are declared in Python header files:

$ grep -F '(PyTypeObject)' Include/ -R
Include/cpython/fileobject.h:PyAPI_DATA(PyTypeObject) PyStdPrinter_Type;
Include/object.h:PyAPI_DATA(PyTypeObject) PySuper_Type; /* built-in 'super' */
Include/methodobject.h:PyAPI_DATA(PyTypeObject) PyCFunction_Type;

Most of them seem to be exposed in the limited C API.

I propose to break the limited C API backward compatibility on purpose by removing these type definitions form the limited C API.

For "CheckExact" macros, we can continue to provide them in the limited C API but as function calls. So a built C extension would no longer access directly the type, but only do function calls.
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