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Feedback on PyPy specific GC hooks #2648

thedrow opened this Issue Oct 8, 2018 · 0 comments


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thedrow commented Oct 8, 2018

After I read this blog post about why emulating the CPython API is so hard for PyPy I raised the fact that we could introduce PyPy specific GC hooks for the cpyext layer in PyPy's IRC channel.
These would be used by Cython instead of Py_INCREF and Py_DECREF etc. to track the lifetime objects.
We're wondering what are the API requirements from Cython's side to implement such a thing.
How do you imagine such API to look like?
How hard would it be to generate code that uses those hooks?
What do you think that should happen if a Cython uses Py_INCREF or other memory management macro manually? Should this feature be hidden under a feature flag?

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