[Numpy-tickets] [NumPy] #931: Records containing zero-length items pickle just fine, but cannot be unpickled

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#931: Records containing zero-length items pickle just fine, but cannot be
 Reporter:  njs     |       Owner:  somebody
     Type:  defect  |      Status:  new     
 Priority:  normal  |   Milestone:          
Component:  Other   |     Version:  1.0.4   
 Severity:  normal  |    Keywords:          
 In numpy 1.0.4 (I don't have any newer version convenient to test), it is
 possible to create a structured array with a zero-repeat-count entry.
 Such an array works fine, and can be pickled as normal.  However,
 attempting to unpickle such an array fails.

 This is admittedly a somewhat esoteric bit of functionality, but the bug
 shows up in a nasty way -- I had some data that took all night to generate
 and that I saved to disk in a pickle, and it was only by chance that I
 still had the original array in memory when I attempted to re-load the
 data and discovered the problem.  (And it contained a zero-length sub-
 record because the code in question handles a variable number of
 "distractor" variables, which happened to be 0 in this run.)

 Single-line reproducer:
   $ python -c 'import numpy, cPickle;
 cPickle.loads(cPickle.dumps(numpy.array([(1, [])], dtype=[("a", "i"),
 ("b", "i", 0)])))'

 ~$ python
 Python 2.5.2 (r252:60911, Jul 31 2008, 17:31:22)
 [GCC 4.2.3 (Ubuntu 4.2.3-2ubuntu7)] on linux2
 Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information.
 >>> import numpy as np
 >>> np.__version__
 >>> a = np.array([(1, [])], dtype=[("a", np.int32), ("b", np.int32, 0)])
 >>> a
 array([(1, [])],
       dtype=[('a', '<i4'), ('b', '<i4', 0)])
 >>> import cPickle
 >>> cPickle.dumps(a)
 ### (long string elided)
 >>> cPickle.loads(cPickle.dumps(a))
 Traceback (most recent call last):
   File "<stdin>", line 1, in <module>
 TypeError: ('data type not understood', <type 'numpy.dtype'>, ('V0', 0,


Ticket URL: <http://scipy.org/scipy/numpy/ticket/931>
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