[Numpy-discussion] Questions on error handling/refcounting in some ufunc object loops.

Charles R Harris charlesr.harris@gmail....
Fri Nov 14 00:00:31 CST 2008

On Thu, Nov 13, 2008 at 10:31 PM, David Cournapeau <
david@ar.media.kyoto-u.ac.jp> wrote:

> Charles R Harris wrote:
> >
> > I'm pretty sure about the reference leak. But what should be the
> > standard for checking arguments and error returns in these object loops?
> I was wondering the same when I worked on that code a few weeks ago;
> since the ufunc "return" void, I wonder how feasible it would be to
> return an int instead for error messaging. Since the ufunc are not used
> directly outside numpy, it should not break the API/ABI in any way ?

I had thoughts along the same line. I think we could easily make all the
returns ints because the return value would simply be discarded. The
question is what to do with it if we have it.

> I think more generally it would be nice to have a common error system
> for the pure C code, because it is a bit of a mess right now. But that
> would be again a lot of work :)

Yep. And tracking/checking all those errors back up the call chain is a
pain. The best argument for C++ I can think of is the exception handling...

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