This release is mostly a maintenance release, bringing out minor compatibility improvements, and some standalone improvements. Also new options to control the recursion into modules are added.
Compatibility: Checks for iterators were using
PyIter_Checkwhich is buggy when running outside of Python core, because it's comparing pointers we don't see. Replaced with
HAS_ITERNEXThelper which compares against the pointer as extracting for a real non-iterator object.
Python3: Errors when creating class dictionaries raised by the
enumclasses with wrong identifiers) were not immediately raised, but only by the
This was not observable, but might have caused issues potentially.
Standalone macOS: Shared libraries and extension modules didn't have their DLL load paths updated, but only the main binary. This is not sufficient for more complex programs.
Standalone Linux: Shared libraries copied into the
.distfolder were read-only and executing
chrpathcould potentially then fail. This has not been observed, but is a conclusion of macOS fix.
Standalone: When freezing standard library, the path of Nuitka and the current directory remained in the search path, which could lead to looking at the wrong files.
getattrbuilt-in is now optimized for compile time constants if possible, even in the presence of a
defaultargument. This is more a cleanup than actually useful yet.
The calling of
PyCFunctionfrom normal Python extension modules got accelerated, especially for the no or single argument cases where Nuitka now avoids building the tuple.
Added the option
--recurse-patternto include modules per filename, which for Python3 is the only way to not have them in a package automatically.
Added the option
--generate-c++-onlyto only generate the C++ source code without starting the compiler.
Mostly used for debugging and testing coverage. In the later case we do not want the C++ compiler to create any binary, but only to measure what would have been used.
Renamed the debug option
--recompile-c++-onlyto make its purpose more clear and there now is
Added support for taking coverage of Nuitka in a test run on a given input file.
Added support for taking coverage for all Nuitka test runners, migrating them all to common code for searching.
Added uniform way of reporting skipped tests, not generally used yet.
This release marks progress towards having coverage testing. Recent releases had made it clear that not all code of Nuitka is actually used at least once in our release tests. We aim at identifying these.
Another direction was to catch cases, where Nuitka leaks exceptions or is subject to leaked exceptions, which revealed previously unnoticed errors.
Important changes have been delayed, e.g. the closure variables will not
yet use C++ objects to share storage, but proper
improved compatibility, and to approach a more "C-ish" status. These is
unfinished code that does this. And the forward propagation of values is
not enabled yet again either.
So this is an interim step to get the bug fixes and improvements accumulated out. Expect more actual changes in the next releases.