Extension module question


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Evan Driscoll

As I hinted at in an earlier email, I'm working on a module which will
allow calling readdir() (and FindFirstFile on Windows, hopefully pretty
uniformly) from Python. The responses I got convinced me that it was a
good idea to write a C-to-Python bridge as an extension module.

What I'm not sure about is how to store pointers to *C* stuff between
calls. In particular, opendir() returns a DIR* which you then need to
pass to calls to readdir() in the future (and closedir()).

So I've got this:

static PyObject*
py_opendir(PyObject* self, PyObject* args)
{
const char* dirname = 0;
if (!PyArg_ParseTuple(args, "s", &dirname)) {
return NULL;
}
// Eventually want to Py_BEGIN_ALLOW_THREADS here
DIR* directory =
opendir(dirname);

PyObject out = PyBuildValue( ???, directory );
return out;
}

but I don't know what to build. (I might want to wrap it in a custom
handle class or something, but I still need to know how to build the
value I eventually store in an attribute of that class.)

My best idea is to use an unsigned long (so "k") and add a static
assertion that sizeof(long)==sizeof(void*). Is this the canonical wayof
doing something like this, or am I missing a better way?

Evan



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