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ctypeslib2 - FFI toolkit, relies on clang

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# ctypeslib with libclang

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[Quick usage guide](docs/ctypeslib_2.0_Introduction.ipynb) in the docs/ folder.

## Status update

2017-05-01: master branch works with libclang-4.0 HEAD

## Installation

On Ubuntu, libclang libraries are installed with versions.
This library tries to load a few different versions to help you out. (
But if you encounter a version compatibility issue, you might have to fix the problem
using one of the following solutions:

1. Install libclang1-dev to get (maybe)
2. OR create a link to named
3. OR hardcode a call to clang.cindex.Config.load_library_file('') in your code

### Pypi

Stable Distribution is available through PyPi at

`sudo pip install ctypeslib2`

### Setting up clang >= 3.7 dependency

See the LLVM Clang instructions at

## Examples

Look at `test/`

Other example:

Source file:
$ cat t.c
struct my_bitfield
long a:3;
long b:4;
unsigned long long c:3;
unsigned long long d:3;
long f:2;
} ;
Run c-to-python script:
`clang2py t.c`
# -*- coding: utf-8 -*-
# TARGET arch is: []
# WORD_SIZE is: 8
import ctypes

class struct_my_bitfield(ctypes.Structure):
_pack_ = True # source:False
_fields_ = [
('a', ctypes.c_int64, 3),
('b', ctypes.c_int64, 4),
('c', ctypes.c_int64, 3),
('d', ctypes.c_int64, 3),
('f', ctypes.c_int64, 2),
('PADDING_0', ctypes.c_int64, 49),

__all__ = \

Other example with headers:

Source file:
$ cat test-stdbool.c
#include <stdbool.h>

typedef struct s_foo {
bool bar1;
bool bar2;
bool bar3;
} foo;
Run c-to-python script (with any relevant include folder):
`clang2py --clang-args="-I/usr/include/clang/4.0/include" test-stdbool.c`
# -*- coding: utf-8 -*-
# TARGET arch is: ['-I/usr/include/clang/4.0/include']
# WORD_SIZE is: 8
import ctypes

class struct_s_foo(ctypes.Structure):
_pack_ = True # source:False
_fields_ = [
('bar1', ctypes.c_bool),
('bar2', ctypes.c_bool),
('bar3', ctypes.c_bool),

foo = struct_s_foo
__all__ = \
['struct_s_foo', 'foo']

## Usage
usage: clang2py [-h] [-c] [-d] [--debug] [-e] [-k TYPEKIND] [-i] [-l DLL]
[-m module] [-o OUTPUT] [-p DLL] [-q] [-r EXPRESSION]
[-s SYMBOL] [-t TARGET] [-v] [-V] [-w W] [-x]
[--show-ids SHOWIDS] [--max-depth N] [--clang-args CLANG_ARGS]
files [files ...]

Version 2.1.5rc0. Generate python code from C headers

positional arguments:
files source filenames. stdin is not supported

optional arguments:
-h, --help show this help message and exit
-c, --comments include source doxygen-style comments
-d, --doc include docstrings containing C prototype and source
file location
--debug setLevel to DEBUG
-e, --show-definition-location
include source file location in comments
kind of type descriptions to include: a = Alias, c =
Class, d = Variable, e = Enumeration, f = Function, m
= Macro, #define s = Structure, t = Typedef, u = Union
default = 'cdefstu'
-i, --includes include declaration defined outside of the sourcefiles
-l DLL, --include-library DLL
library to search for exported functions. Add multiple
times if required
-m module, --module module
Python module(s) containing symbols which will be
imported instead of generated
-o OUTPUT, --output OUTPUT
output filename (if not specified, standard output
will be used)
-p DLL, --preload DLL
dll to be loaded before all others (to resolve
-q, --quiet Shut down warnings and below
regular expression for symbols to include (if neither
symbols nor expressions are specified,everything will
be included)
-s SYMBOL, --symbol SYMBOL
symbol to include (if neither symbols nor expressions
are specified,everything will be included)
-t TARGET, --target TARGET
target architecture (default: x86_64-Linux)
-v, --verbose verbose output
-V, --version show program's version number and exit
-w W add all standard windows dlls to the searched dlls
-x, --exclude-includes
Parse object in sources files only. Ignore includes
--show-ids SHOWIDS Don't compute cursor IDs (very slow)
--max-depth N Limit cursor expansion to depth N
--clang-args CLANG_ARGS
clang options, in quotes: --clang-args="-std=c99

Cross-architecture: You can pass target modifiers to clang. For example, try
--clang-args="-target x86_64" or "-target i386-linux" to change the target CPU

## Inner workings for memo

- clang2py is a script that calls ctypeslib/ctypeslib/
- is mostly the old module forked to use libclang.
- calls ctypeslib/ctypeslib/codegen/
- calls ctypeslib/ctypeslib/codegen/
- uses libclang's python binding to access the clang internal
representation of the C source code.
It then translate each child of the AST tree to python objects as listed in
- then uses these python object to generate ctypes-based python
source code.

Because clang is capable to handle different target architecture, this fork
{is/should be} able to produce cross-platform memory representation if needed.

## Credits

This fork of ctypeslib is mainly about using the libclang1>=3.7 python bindings
to generate python code from C source code, instead of gccxml.

the original ctypeslib contains these packages:
- ``ctypeslib.codegen`` - a code generator
- ``ctypeslib.contrib`` - various contributed modules
- ``ctypeslib.util`` - assorted small helper functions
- ``ctypeslib.test`` - unittests

This fork of ctypeslib is heavily patched for clang.
- is based on
rev77594 of the original ctypeslib.
- git-svn-id:

The original ctypeslib is written by
- author="Thomas Heller",
- author_email="",
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