Hi all,

Just a heads up that in https://github.com/numpy/numpy/pull/15867 I plan to deprecate `ndarray.tostring()`

, which is just a confusing way to spell `ndarray.tobytes()`

.

This function has been documented as a compatibility alias since NumPy 1.9, but never emitted a warning upon use.

Given `array.array.tostring()`

has been warning as far back as Python 3.1, it seems like we should follow suit.

In order to reduce the impact of such a deprecation, I’ve filed the necessary scipy PR: https://github.com/scipy/scipy/pull/11755.

It’s unlikely we’ll remove this function entirely any time soon, but the act of deprecating it may cause a few failing CI runs in projects where warnings are turned into errors.

+1 agree with the deprecation, and with making it a long one given the handful of uses in Matplotlib and several handfuls in SciPy.

Cheers,

Ralf

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