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I'm trying to maintain the interface to KQueue for FreeBSD. At one
point, the C module stores an opaque object in a C structure such that
the opaque pointer can be used later by the application.

In Python, I want to say something like:

kev = [KEvent(1000, filter=EVFILT_T IMER, flags=EV_ADD|EV _ONESHOT,
udata=lambda x: getJob(x, con))]
kq.event(kev, 0, 0)

and later, this is used by

kev = kq.event(None, 1, 0)
print "Kevent Triggered! %s" % str(kev)

# Call event's udata

.... so this doesn't work. Specifically:

[3:4:304]dgilbert@canoe: ~/devel/SoftGrabber> python
Python 2.3.4 (#2, Nov 2 2004, 16:03:35)
[GCC 3.4.2 [FreeBSD] 20040728] on freebsd5
Type "help", "copyright" , "credits" or "license" for more information.
import kqsyscall
from kqsyscall import *
kq = kqueue()
kev = kevent(1000, EVFILT_TIMER, EV_ADD+EV_ONESH OT, 0, 0, lambda x: x+1)
kev <KQEvent ident=1000 filter=-7 flags=11 fflags=0 data=0 udata=0x81b4fb4 > kev.udata <function <lambda> at 0x81b4fb4> kev.udata(1)

Segmentation fault (core dumped)

Now the code in the C module (kqsyscall above) defines the kevent()
return as the following object:

static struct memberlist KQEvent_memberl ist[] = {
{"ident", T_UINT, OFF(e.ident)},
{"filter", T_SHORT, OFF(e.filter)},
{"flags", T_USHORT, OFF(e.flags)},
{"fflags", T_UINT, OFF(e.fflags)},
{"data", T_INT, OFF(e.data)},
{"udata", T_OBJECT, OFF(e.udata)},
{NULL} /* Sentinel */

And it also defines various support functions.

How do I define "udata" such that I can stuff the lambda reference in

Now... I've wondered if this is a reference counting issue --- but
this still happens when I use the name of a module global function as


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Jul 18 '05 #1
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David Gilbert wrote:
I'm trying to maintain the interface to KQueue for FreeBSD. At one
point, the C module stores an opaque object in a C structure such that
the opaque pointer can be used later by the application.
In this case, a Py_IncRef/DecRef pair is definitely required - the 'borrowed'
reference from the Python function call only lasts until the function returns.
You need your own reference if you're going to hang on to the pointer.
How do I define "udata" such that I can stuff the lambda reference in
PyObject* should be fine so long as the references are handled correctly.
Now... I've wondered if this is a reference counting issue --- but
this still happens when I use the name of a module global function as

I'd suggest adding the IncRef/DecRef pair and trying it out again. I can't see
anything else obviously wrong in the fragments you've posted.

If that was the sole problem though, I would have expected the same as you - for
the module global function to work correctly.

Sorry I can't be more help. . .

Jul 18 '05 #2

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