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From: Berke Durak <berke.durak@e...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] Questions on replacing finalizers and memory footprints
Xavier Leroy a écrit :
>> Also, is there a simple way to implement a function (perhaps using
>> Obj.magic) which will walk a (possibly circular) network of tuples,
>> arrays, variadic entities and lists, and return the total number of
>> bytes used up by that structure? I see that this should be possible
>> in principle with the present implementation of the runtime if one
>> could get some basic information about the internal type of an
>> array.
> Jean-Christophe Filliātre's "size" library does exactly this:
> - Xavier Leroy
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I once had more or less the same problem in the EDOS project with huge 
data structures.

Filliātre's size library was also growing too large a hashtable,
so I decided to use something else.

My solution was to marshal the data structure and then analyze the 
marshalled data by recomputing its type.

You first write a TYPER module that represents the types in your
marshalled data structure, then use the Analyzer module on your

I was more interested in the size strings were taking in memory,
but it should be easy to modify.  All the ugly parts (parsing the
marshal format, and the combinators for describing the types)
have been defined.