[swift-evolution] Pitch: Replace UnsafeMutablePointer by UnsafePointer in non-mutating APIs
aschwaighofer at apple.com
Tue Jul 19 17:01:14 CDT 2016
I limited this to the stdlib.
> On Jul 19, 2016, at 2:57 PM, Xiaodi Wu <xiaodi.wu at gmail.com> wrote:
> Is this limited to auditing the stdlib only or other APIs as well with Swift overlays/API notes?
> On Tue, Jul 19, 2016 at 16:47 Arnold Schwaighofer via swift-evolution <swift-evolution at swift.org> wrote:
> # Replace `UnsafeMutablePointer` by `UnsafePointer` in non-mutating APIs
> * Proposal: [SE-0000](0000-change_unsafe_mutable_pointer_to_unsafe_pointer.md)
> * Author: [Arnold Schwaighofer](https://github.com/aschwaighofer)
> * Status: **Pitch**
> * Review manager: TBD
> ## Introduction
> `UnsafeMutablePointer` didn't always have an immutable variant, and when it was
> introduced there could have been many places that should have been changed to
> use it, but were not. `UnsafeMutablePointer` is still pervasive. We should
> survey the uses and make sure they're all using mutability only as appropriate.
> The only such occurrence I found was the `dprintf` API which should have a
> read-only format argument.
> - Swift bug: [SR-1958] (https://bugs.swift.org/browse/SR-1958)
> - Branch with changes to stdlib: [unsafe_mutable_pointer_to_unsafe_pointer] (https://github.com/aschwaighofer/swift/tree/unsafe_mutable_pointer_to_unsafe_pointer)
> ## Motivation
> We should change uses of `UnsafeMutablePointer` with `UnsafePointer` to clearly
> express the intent of the API where appropriate.
> ## Proposed solution
> The proposed solution is to change `dprintf` API to take a `UnsafePointer`
> ## Detailed design
> public func dprintf(_ fd: Int, _ format: UnsafeMutablePointer<Int8>, _ args: CVarArg...) -> Int32
> public func dprintf(_ fd: Int, _ format: UnsafePointer<Int8>, _ args: CVarArg...) -> Int32
> ## Impact on existing code
> Existing coersions to `UnsafePointer` from `UnsafeMutablePointer` will allow
> existing code to work.
> ## Alternatives considered
> Leave as is.
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