[gambit-list] Converting (unsigned char *) into u8vector?

Taylor Venable taylor at metasyntax.net
Tue May 19 22:26:58 EDT 2009

On Tue, May 19, 2009 at 12:15:49PM -0400, Marc Feeley wrote:
> On 18-May-09, at 10:30 PM, Taylor Venable wrote:
>> I have some binary data which is stored in an (unsigned char *) and I
>> want to convert it into a u8vector.  So I tried writing a conversion
>> function like this:
> The ___BEGIN_ALLOC_xxx macros defined in gambit.h allocate "movable"  
> objects from the heap.  They are meant to be called from code generated 
> by the Gambit Scheme compiler, where ___hp (the heap pointer) is in 
> scope.  These macros should not be called from user code because some 
> tricky invariants must be maintained when using movable objects.
> Instead you should call ___alloc_scmobj and specify with the last  
> parameter that a "still" object (which is not moved by the GC) is  
> requested.  This avoids some garbage collection issues.
> So the code should look like this (untested):

Thanks for the explanation and code.  This worked exactly, and I was
able to use it to write the conversion in the other direction as well.

Taylor Christopher Venable

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