[darcs-users] darcs patch: switch Darcs.Patch.FileName to be ByteString.Char8 int...

Simon Marlow marlowsd at gmail.com
Mon Sep 28 10:11:18 UTC 2009

On 28/09/2009 10:44, Duncan Coutts wrote:
> On Mon, 2009-09-28 at 09:06 +0100, Simon Marlow wrote:
>>> It's a medium term project. There is no short term fix. The problem is
>>> using pinned heap arrays. Switching to unpinned would entail an almost
>>> complete rewrite of the bytestring implementation. That is something I
>>> would like to do however it's not quick, and it would have to pass the
>>> "dons" test, that the results are absolutely definitely as good as the
>>> current version. Don is understandably nervous about upsetting the
>>> existing mature implementation. That would also include the ability to
>>> mmap, which would be lost under a straightforward re-implementation to
>>> use unpinned arrays. Handling mmap'ed ByteArray# is another
>>> mini-project.
>> As a workaround, would it be possible to provide an unsafePack that
>> gives you an unpinned ByteString, with the onus on the caller to ensure
>> they never pass it to C?  Perhaps it would even be possible to check
>> that it was never passed to C?  And it's only "safe" foreign imports
>> that are dangerous, it's fine to pass an unpinned ByteArray to an unsafe
>> foreign import (though that's probably not something we should rely too
>> heavily on, in case we want to change it in the future).
> I don't think it's possible while using a ForeignPtr representation. If
> we make the ByteArray inside the ForeignPtr unpinned then the Addr# is
> not guaranteed to be kept in sync. There are no points where we could
> keep it in sync since we do extract the Ptr from the ForeignPtr using
> withForeignPtr, but the ByteArray# could be moved by the GC while we're
> doing the withForeignPtr action.
> As far as I can see the only way to do it is by changing the
> representation to be a ByteArray#:
> data ByteString = ByteString ByteArray# Int Int

Ah yes, I'd forgotten about the Addr# in the ForeignPtr.  That's why we 
wanted to make mmapped files that look like ByteArray#s.


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