[SciPy-dev] Is it ok to depend on ctypes for scipy code ?

Brian Granger ellisonbg.net@gmail....
Wed Jun 13 13:27:26 CDT 2007

> >     Subject says it all. Is is ok to depends on ctypes for scipy code,
> > or should the implementation be optional with a python fallback ?
> I'd prefer not to depend on ctypes. More specifically, I'd prefer not to worry
> about building or finding non-extension shared libraries.

Given the facts that i) ctypes now comes with python2.5 and ii) that
ctypes is proving itself to be extremely useful for wrapping C-code,
it seems like a shame to not be able to utilize ctypes for scipy code.
 I do understand the issue with having dependencies on external shared
libraries that need to be built.  But, is there a reasonable way of
addressing this problem that would open the door for using ctypes in


> What were you thinking about using ctypes for?
> --
> Robert Kern
> "I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma
>  that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had
>  an underlying truth."
>   -- Umberto Eco
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