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Status of ctypes Subversion bindings

From: David James <james_at_cs.toronto.edu>
Date: Tue, 10 Jun 2008 08:26:29 -0700

On Mon, Jun 9, 2008 at 5:01 AM, John Szakmeister <john_at_szakmeister.net> wrote:
> Hi! I assume that this email is reaching the same David James that is
> part of the Subversion project. I just wanted to ping you about the
> status of ctypesgen... and for that matter, csvn. It appears
> development has stalled (I'm not complaining... I certainly understand
> having demands for your time). I didn't know if this was a sign of
> "it's ready for prime time" or if you (and others) just didn't have
> the energy to finish it.
> I'd be interested in helping... I don't like SWIG much, and ctypes is
> a pain for complex APIs without something to help it. :-) BTW, is
> there a group that I should be posting this on? I didn't see anything
> on the Google Code page.

Hi John,

That's great news! We could certainly use the help.

Right now, the ctypes python bindings are in pretty good shape. The
low level bindings (which are similar to the SWIG bindings) are
complete and work really reliably and well.

We also have higher level python wrappers, which make it really easy
to use the python bindings.

The biggest work we need to do is figure out how to build the ctypes
bindings on Windows. It may be possible to just build the ctypes
python wrapper on Linux and copy it over to Windows and make a few
changes and it will work. This is because we are generating pure
Python bindings so in theory they could be platform independent. Note
that you will need Subversion as a DLL to use them in ctypes on
Windows, and that is a new feature in Subversion 1.5.

Currently the ctypes python bindings are on a branch and working
pretty well, but I'm not sure about where to go from here.

I see two options:
  1) Merge the ctypes Python bindings to trunk and integrate them with
the Subversion build system
  2) Launch ctypes bindings as a separate project.

Where do you think we should go from here?



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