[Bug 1097783] Re: Regression: some python library functions return wrong types

Barry Warsaw 1097783 at bugs.launchpad.net
Thu Jan 10 16:18:36 UTC 2013

This is an upstream change, as a byproduct of issue #10182


In that bug, a complaint was made that match starts were being truncated
on x64 Windows machines, so the types were changed to longs.  I can
reproduce this with hg tip of the 2.7 branch, and the world will see it
whenever 2.7.4 is released.  You see it in Ubuntu because we track hg
tip, so you're getting this change before 2.7.4 is released.

It's arguably a backward incompatible change to Python 2.7 and perhaps
it should be reverted (but it's a tough call).  I'll update the Python
issue, but I suggest you nosey yourself to it and engage on the change

I think your description on this bug is inaccurate since afaict it only
affects the re module.  I'll update that, but if you know of other apis
that are affected, please let me know.

** Bug watch added: Python Roundup #10182

** Summary changed:

- Regression: some python library functions return wrong types
+ re module apis return longs now

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