NumPy 1.16.2 Release Notes

NumPy 1.16.2 is a quick release fixing several problems encountered on Windows. The Python versions supported are 2.7 and 3.5-3.7. The Windows problems addressed are:

  • DLL load problems for NumPy wheels on Windows,

  • distutils command line parsing on Windows.

There is also a regression fix correcting signed zeros produced by divmod, see below for details.

Downstream developers building this release should use Cython >= 0.29.2 and, if using OpenBLAS, OpenBLAS > v0.3.4.

If you are installing using pip, you may encounter a problem with older installed versions of NumPy that pip did not delete becoming mixed with the current version, resulting in an ImportError. That problem is particularly common on Debian derived distributions due to a modified pip. The fix is to make sure all previous NumPy versions installed by pip have been removed. See #12736 for discussion of the issue.

Compatibility notes

Signed zero when using divmod

Starting in version 1.12.0, numpy incorrectly returned a negatively signed zero when using the divmod and floor_divide functions when the result was zero. For example:

>>> np.zeros(10)//1
array([-0., -0., -0., -0., -0., -0., -0., -0., -0., -0.])

With this release, the result is correctly returned as a positively signed zero:

>>> np.zeros(10)//1
array([0., 0., 0., 0., 0., 0., 0., 0., 0., 0.])


A total of 5 people contributed to this release. People with a “+” by their names contributed a patch for the first time.

  • Charles Harris

  • Eric Wieser

  • Matti Picus

  • Tyler Reddy

  • Tony LaTorre +

Pull requests merged

A total of 7 pull requests were merged for this release.

  • #12909: TST: fix vmImage dispatch in Azure

  • #12923: MAINT: remove complicated test of multiarray import failure mode

  • #13020: BUG: fix signed zero behavior in npy_divmod

  • #13026: MAINT: Add functions to parse shell-strings in the platform-native…

  • #13028: BUG: Fix regression in parsing of F90 and F77 environment variables

  • #13038: BUG: parse shell escaping in extra_compile_args and extra_link_args

  • #13041: BLD: Windows absolute path DLL loading