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[Discuss-gnuradio] SWIG, current gr-howto structure and exception specif

From: Martin Braun
Subject: [Discuss-gnuradio] SWIG, current gr-howto structure and exception specifiers
Date: Fri, 11 May 2012 13:03:31 +0200
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.21 (2010-09-15)

In the current state of gr-howto (which is also used in gr_modtool), the
SWIG stuff is done pretty intelligently by using the header files as
.i-files, which means there is no need to write a SWIG header for every

One advantage of this was the possibility to add stuff in the .i-file
which weren't in the .h-file; specifically, exception specifiers.

Example (from gr-specest, specest_welch.i):

specest_make_welch(unsigned fft_len, int overlap, int ma_len, bool fft_shift, 
const std::vector<float> &window)

// And so on .

If I don't declare the exception specifier, I can't catch the exception
in Python. If I simply include specest_welch.h in specest_swig.i, I need
to add the specifiers in the C++-code, which is not very popular (and I
think not future-compatible, and gcc doesn't handle that well).

Here's my question: is there a cool way to have SWIG know about the
exceptions without having to write a .i-file for every block that uses
exceptions? Can I 'tag' the source code in a way that gcc doesn't care,
but SWIG does?

Thanks for any nice ideas!


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