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Date: 2004-12-08 (20:24)
From: Basile STARYNKEVITCH <basile@s...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] mmap() and strings
Le Wed, Dec 08, 2004 at 09:04:59PM +0100, Julien Cristau écrivait/wrote:
> Hello list,
> I'm wondering if somebody has an idea for the following problem:
> I'm working on a program which manipulates a buffer. A writer process 
> regularly changes this buffer, and reader processes have to work on it 
> after each change. Currently, the buffer is a string and is passed to 
> the readers trough pipes. However, this is costly because the buffer is 
> copied many times at each iteration.

Actually, pipes perform quite well on Linux....

> We thought we could use mmap(2), 
> but there seems to be no easy solution 
> to mmap() a memory region and treat it as a string in ocaml. 

Use Bigarray-s for that. They can mmap files (on Unix & Linux) and are
already in Ocaml 3.08

You might also use IPC shared memory segments, but there is no support
in Ocaml for these (shmget & related system calls), so you'll probably
need to code the C stub (for the Ocaml binding) yourself.

Maybe you'll need JoCaml... (but I don't know if it is dead or not -
it was designed for coding cooperative programs communicating thru

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