[Numpy-tickets] [NumPy] #426: give ctypes.data_as a reference to the array

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#426: give ctypes.data_as a reference to the array
 Reporter:  martin_wiechert  |        Owner:  somebody     
     Type:  enhancement      |       Status:  closed       
 Priority:  normal           |    Milestone:  1.0.2 Release
Component:  numpy.core       |      Version:  devel        
 Severity:  normal           |   Resolution:  wontfix      
 Keywords:                   |  
Changes (by oliphant):

  * status:  new => closed
  * resolution:  => wontfix


 I think a warning in the documentation is definitely warranted.  I'm not
 sure we can actually avoid these kinds of problems entirely, though.  It
 seems to me that any facility in ctypes would be just as hard to use (and
 possibly less clear), then keeping the reference yourself.  Whenever you
 use ctypes you can't pass pointers of temporary variables around.

 There is a reference to the array kept in the ctypes structure also.  So,
 you could write

 ct = (a+b).ctypes

 And then proceed from there.  But, if you get rid of the ctypes structure
 then you get rid of that reference as well.

 I think the only solution is programmer responsibility when passing
 pointers to data-areas around.

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