Commit 7678c297 authored by Rasmus Bondesson's avatar Rasmus Bondesson
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doc: Turn set_source() references into links in Overview page

branch : doc-improvements
parent b126173958ae
......@@ -380,6 +380,8 @@ automatically if the FFI object is garbage-collected (but you can still
call ``ffi.dlclose()`` explicitly if needed).
.. _set_source:
ffibuilder.set_source(): preparing out-of-line modules
......@@ -61,7 +61,7 @@ Create the file ````:
Execute this script. If everything is OK, it should produce
``_pi_cffi.c``, and then invoke the compiler on it. The produced
``_pi_cffi.c`` contains a copy of the string given in ``set_source()``,
``_pi_cffi.c`` contains a copy of the string given in :ref:`set_source() <set_source>`,
in this example the ``#include "pi.h"``. Afterwards, it contains glue code
for all the functions, types and globals declared in the ``cdef()`` above.
......@@ -76,7 +76,7 @@ That's all! In the rest of this page, we describe some more advanced
examples and other CFFI modes. In particular, there is a complete
example `if you don't have an already-installed C library to call`_.
For more information about the ``cdef()`` and ``set_source()`` methods
For more information about the ``cdef()`` and :ref:`set_source() <set_source>` methods
of the ``FFI`` class, see `Preparing and Distributing modules`__.
.. __: cdef.html
......@@ -191,7 +191,7 @@ and get a two-dimensional array.
This example also admits an out-of-line equivalent. It is similar to
the first example `Main mode of usage`_ above,
but passing ``None`` as the second argument to
``ffibuilder.set_source()``. Then in the main program you write
:ref:`ffibuilder.set_source() <set_source>`. Then in the main program you write
``from _simple_example import ffi`` and then the same content as the
in-line example above starting from the line ``image ="pixel_t[]", 800*600)``.
......@@ -244,7 +244,7 @@ You need to run the ```` script once to generate
"source code" into the file ``_example.c`` and compile this to a
regular C extension module. (CFFI selects either Python or C for the
module to generate based on whether the second argument to
``set_source()`` is ``None`` or not.)
:ref:`set_source() <set_source>` is ``None`` or not.)
*You need a C compiler for this single step. It produces a file called
e.g. or _example.pyd. If needed, it can be distributed in
......@@ -496,7 +496,7 @@ In-line, API level
The "API level + in-line" mode combination exists but is long
deprecated. It used to be done with ``lib = ffi.verify("C header")``.
The out-of-line variant with ``set_source("modname", "C header")`` is
The out-of-line variant with :ref:`set_source("modname", "C header") <set_source>` is
preferred and avoids a number of problems when the project grows in
......@@ -576,9 +576,9 @@ you would call ``cdef()`` only once but ``dlopen()`` several times.
By opposition, the API mode works more closely like a C program: the C
linker (static or dynamic) is responsible for finding any symbol used.
You name the libraries in the ``libraries`` keyword argument to
``set_source()``, but never need to say which symbol comes
:ref:`set_source() <set_source>`, but never need to say which symbol comes
from which library.
Other common arguments to ``set_source()`` include ``library_dirs`` and
Other common arguments to :ref:`set_source() <set_source>` include ``library_dirs`` and
``include_dirs``; all these arguments are passed to the standard
......@@ -609,7 +609,7 @@ The more fundamental reason to prefer the API mode is that *the C
libraries are typically meant to be used with a C compiler.* You are not
supposed to do things like guess where fields are in the structures.
The "real example" above shows how CFFI uses a C compiler under the
hood: this example uses ``set_source(..., "C source...")`` and never
hood: this example uses :ref:`set_source(..., "C source...") <set_source>` and never
``dlopen()``. When using this approach,
we have the advantage that we can use literally "``...``" at various places in
the ``cdef()``, and the missing information will be completed with the
......@@ -620,7 +620,7 @@ this C file is compiled, the resulting C extension module will contain
all the information we need---or the C compiler will give warnings or
errors, as usual e.g. if we misdeclare some function's signature.
Note that the "C source" part from ``set_source()`` can contain
Note that the "C source" part from :ref:`set_source() <set_source>` can contain
arbitrary C code. You can use this to declare some
more helper functions written in C. To export
these helpers to Python, put their signature in the ``cdef()`` too.
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