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REQ: recipe/docs for creating a buffer-protocol class by wrapping another #3048

jbrockmendel opened this issue Jul 18, 2019 · 1 comment


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commented Jul 18, 2019

I've got a python-space class that is a thin wrapper around a np.ndarray, and I'd like to make this into a buffer-protocol-compliant cython class so I can pass it to memoryview-expecting cython functions without having to unwrap it every time.

My intuition was that this would look like

cdef Wrapper:
    cdef readonly:
        ndarray _orig

    def __cinit__(self, ndarray orig, *args, **kwargs):
        self._orig = orig

    def __getbuffer__(self, Py_buffer *view, int flags):
        self._orig.__getbuffer__(view, flags)

     def __releasebuffer__(self, Py_buffer *view):

When I do this, I get a compile-time error pointing to self._orig.__releasebuffer__ reading Cannot convert Py_buffer * to Python object which suggests to me that __releasebuffer__ is not in the ndarray c-namespace.

So the request is for a recipe or docs on how to create one memoryview-class that just wraps another.


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commented Jul 19, 2019

These magic methods are invented by Cython, they're not actually part of the API. What you want to do is call the C-API function PyObject_GetBuffer() on the Numpy array to have it fill in the buffer. You don't need to actually do anything in the release method, since it'll never be called - the array will be saved in the buffer, so it will have the release method called on itself. The function can be cimported from cpython.buffer, and you don't need to return anything.

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