cffi-alpm: A New Hope

Pyalpm has some annoyances to it, like leaking a lot of memory, and being a CPython module. It has many times been suggested that it should be re-written using CFFI or something similar though, and tonight I’ve been pretending that I don’t have anything better to do, so I started playing with CFFI and libalpm a bit.

The result of my experimentations is available at cffi-alpm, though it’s not particularly useful yet. Right now it has a class that wraps alpm_list_t and implements the Python iterator protocol for it, and have written a small example that searches the local DB. It’s not really much at all, but I do feel like I have a better feel of both CFFI and libalpm now, and might actually end up writing a complete pyalpm replacement.