[Numpy-discussion] empty chararrays (ticket 1948)

Ralf Gommers ralf.gommers@googlemail....
Sun Mar 25 12:09:29 CDT 2012


On Sun, Mar 25, 2012 at 7:03 PM, Charles R Harris <charlesr.harris@gmail.com
> wrote:

>
>
> On Sun, Mar 25, 2012 at 10:12 AM, Ralf Gommers <
> ralf.gommers@googlemail.com> wrote:
>
>> Hi,
>>
>> In ticket 1948 a backwards compatibility issue with chararray is
>> reported. Indexing a chararray with [] or a bool array of False used to
>> return [] in numpy 1.2.1 (consistent with ndarray behavior), but now
>> returns an empty string. Unfortunately this changed behavior has been
>> present for the 1.5.x and 1.6.x releases.
>>
>> So the question is if this should be changed back or not? The change was
>> likely unintentional; there's no test for it.
>>
>>
> I believe the stsci folks were maintaining chararray, although I don't see
> anyone from there with commit permissions. Hmm... I'd be inclined to
> reinstate the old behavior, but the stsci folks may have deliberately made
> the change, I'd like to hear from them first.
>

The change was made by Michael Droettboom (CC'd), who did have commit
permissions for this. They got lost with the Github move it seems.

Ralf
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