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DSL for handling parsing binary memory structures?
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Date: 2007-05-17 (21:33)
From: Gerd Stolpmann <info@g...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] DSL for handling parsing binary memory structures?
Am Donnerstag, den 17.05.2007, 22:21 +0100 schrieb Richard Jones:
> I wonder if anyone has thought about or developed a domain-specific
> language in OCaml for handling the processing of binary structures?
> I was thinking of writing something to make system calls into the Xen
> hypervisor.  The main problem is that the hypervisor takes & returns
> binary structures which have very precise size / alignment
> requirements, bitfields, etc. (and the requirements change with
> versions of the hypervisor).  It sounds like the ideal use for a DSL
> to describe the binary structure of each version of each call and
> automatically build accessors.

Ocamlnet contains support for XDR, a simplified version of what you are
looking for (smallest unit are 4 bytes). But this might be a starting
point for this project.

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