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Make len(memoryview) return Py_ssize_t #2992

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len(memoryview) currently returns a size_t. This diverges from the default Python behaviour of having signed indices to support negative indexing etc. CPython also treats the result of len() as a Py_ssize_t internally.

Cython should always return a Py_ssize_t from len(), not a size_t.

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The current len() implementation has two more similar cases: len(charptr) and len(Py_UNICODE_ptr), both mapping to strlen()-like code. In all three cases, the downside is that (especially in 32bit systems), Py_ssize_t has a smaller value range than size_t, which means that the length of very long data buffers can wrap around, currently without raising an error.

@scoder scoder added this to the 3.0 milestone Jun 10, 2019

@scoder scoder added the P: blocker label Jun 10, 2019

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