1. object-evict
    1. Introduction
    2. Requirements
    3. Usage
    4. Programming interface
      1. object-evict
      2. object-evict-to-location
      3. object-evicted?
      4. object-release
      5. object-unevict
      6. object-size
    5. Author
    6. License
    7. Version History

object-evict

Introduction

This extension allows to copy arbitrary Scheme data into unmanaged memory, not subject to garbage collection (called /eviction/). This may be useful for "pinning" down data to be used by foreign code.

Note that the evicted data needs to be released manually.

Requirements

srfi-69

Usage

(require-extension objectg-evict)

Programming interface

object-evict

[procedure] (object-evict X [ALLOCATOR])

Copies the object X recursively into the memory pointed to by the foreign pointer object returned by ALLOCATOR. The freshly copied object is returned. ALLOCATOR should be a procedure of a single argument (the number of bytes to allocate), and defaults to allocate.

This facility allows moving arbitrary objects into static memory, but care should be taken when mutating evicted data: setting slots in evicted vector-like objects to non-evicted data is not allowed. It is possible to set characters/bytes in evicted strings or byte-vectors, though. It is advisable not to evict ports, because they might be mutated by certain file-operations. object-evict is able to handle circular and shared structures.

Evicted symbols are no longer unique: a fresh copy of the symbol is created, so

(define x 'foo)
(define y (object-evict 'foo))
y                              ==> foo
(eq? x y)                      ==> #f
(define z (object-evict '(bar bar)))
(eq? (car z) (cadr z))         ==> #t

This loss of uniqueness also implies that an evicted structure -- such as one created with define-record -- cannot be operated on with the existing predicate or accessors, as internally a symbol is used to denote the type:

(define-record point x y)
(point? (make-point x y))                  ; => #t
(point? (object-evict (make-point x y)))   ; => #f

object-evict-to-location

[procedure] (object-evict-to-location X POINTER* [LIMIT])

As object-evict but moves the object at the address pointed to by the pointer-like object POINTER*. If the number of copied bytes exceeds the optional LIMIT then an error is signalled (specifically a composite condition of types exn and evict. The latter provides a limit property which holds the exceeded limit. Two values are returned: the evicted object and a new pointer pointing to the first free address after the evicted object.

Use of anything other than a pointer object as the POINTER* argument is questionable.

object-evicted?

[procedure] (object-evicted? X)

Returns #t if X is a non-immediate evicted data object, or #f otherwise.

object-release

[procedure] (object-release X [RELEASER])

Frees memory occupied by the evicted object X recursively. RELEASER should be a procedure of a single argument (a foreign pointer object to the static memory to be freed) and defaults to free.

object-unevict

[procedure] (object-unevict X [FULL])

Copies the object X and nested objects back into the normal Scheme heap. Symbols are re-interned into the symbol table. Strings and byte-vectors are not copied, unless FULL is given and not #f.

object-size

[procedure] (object-size X)

Returns the number of bytes that would be needed to evict the data object X. If X is an immediate object, zero is returned.

Author

The CHICKEN Team

License

Copyright (c) 2014, The CHICKEN Team
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Version History

1.0
Extracted from lolevel core library unit and released as an egg.