[Numpy-discussion] PyArray_DescrConverter - alignment / trailing unused bytes

Francesc Altet faltet at carabos.com
Fri Sep 15 09:40:39 CDT 2006

A Divendres 15 Setembre 2006 16:13, Martin Wiechert va escriure:
> Hi list,
> I'm using PyArray_DescrConverter with a dict object to create a
> "struct-like" dtype from C.
> As the struct contains different data types I run into "unaligned access"
> problems.
> Is there a way to force alignment or to get trailing unused bytes in the
> dtpye?

One possible solution is to declare void ('V' charcode) types for filling the 
gaps. For example:

In [118]: ra=numpy.rec.array("1"*300, dtype=[('sval','<a4'),('unused','|V4'),
('dval','<f8')], shape=2)

In [119]: ra['sval']
recarray([1111, 1111],

In [120]: ra['dval']
Out[120]: array([  9.73041595e-72,   9.73041595e-72])

You can still access the empty spaces if you want (although it is nonsense):

In [121]: ra['unused']
recarray([1111, 1111],


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