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From: Jeff King <peff@peff.net>
To: Bert Wesarg <bert.wesarg@googlemail.com>
Cc: git@vger.kernel.org, "Junio C Hamano" <gitster@pobox.com>,
	"Jakub Narebski" <jnareb@gmail.com>, "Ted Ts\'o" <tytso@mit.edu>,
	"Jonathan Nieder" <jrnieder@gmail.com>,
	"Ævar Arnfjörð" <avarab@gmail.com>,
	"Clemens Buchacher" <drizzd@aon.at>,
	"Shawn O. Pearce" <spearce@spearce.org>
Subject: Re: [RFC/PATCHv2 2/6] add metadata-cache infrastructure
Date: Wed, 13 Jul 2011 04:31:39 -0400
Message-ID: <20110713083139.GA26838@sigill.intra.peff.net> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <CAKPyHN1FgK6NXqZFZ=OvMgouhfxnGF0aXU+--y-P1u9BcK9Z4A@mail.gmail.com>

On Wed, Jul 13, 2011 at 10:18:28AM +0200, Bert Wesarg wrote:

> > +static int record_size(const struct metadata_cache *c)
> > +{
> > +       /* a record is a 20-byte sha1 plus the width of the value */
> > +       return c->mem.width + 20;
> 
> You are circumventing your own API. Why do you don't use the
> decoration_width() accessor here? I don't see any check that
> METADATA_CACHE_INIT("frotz", 0, NULL) is invalid neither in the
> documentation nor in the code.

"struct decoration" has the "0 width means store a void pointer" rule
for compatibility with existing callers. But I never intended for
metadata-cache to have such an exception. Nor would it make sense to
store a void pointer. The pointer would be written to disk, and would
then be meaningless during the next run of the program.

I didn't figure anyone would assume the same special rule held for
metadata-cache; the fact that it is implemented using "struct
decoration" is not part of its public API. But I guess I was wrong.

It might make sense to put:

  if (!c->mem.width)
          die("BUG: zero-width metadata-cache");

into the initialization function to make it more clear, and make a note
in the API documentation.

I considered briefly that a zero-width cache might actually be useful
for storing a membership list (i.e., "is this sha1 in the list or not").
But then you have no way of distinguishing "not in the list" from "have
no checked whether it should be in the list". You are probably better
off storing a single byte flag in such cases.

-Peff

  reply index

Thread overview: 56+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2011-07-13  6:47 [RFC/PATCHv2 0/6] generation numbers for faster traversals Jeff King
2011-07-13  6:57 ` [RFC/PATCHv2 1/6] decorate: allow storing values instead of pointers Jeff King
2011-07-13 17:52   ` Jonathan Nieder
2011-07-13 20:08     ` Jeff King
2011-07-14 17:34       ` Jeff King
2011-07-14 17:51         ` [PATCH 1/3] implement generic key/value map Jeff King
2011-07-14 18:52           ` Bert Wesarg
2011-07-14 18:54             ` Bert Wesarg
2011-07-14 18:55               ` Jeff King
2011-07-14 19:07                 ` Bert Wesarg
2011-07-14 19:14                   ` Jeff King
2011-07-14 19:18                     ` Bert Wesarg
2011-07-14 17:52         ` [PATCH 2/3] fast-export: use object to uint32 map instead of "decorate" Jeff King
2011-07-15  9:40           ` Sverre Rabbelier
2011-07-15 20:00             ` Jeff King
2011-07-14 17:53         ` [PATCH 3/3] decorate: use "map" for the underlying implementation Jeff King
2011-07-14 21:06         ` [RFC/PATCHv2 1/6] decorate: allow storing values instead of pointers Junio C Hamano
2011-08-04 22:43           ` [RFC/PATCH 0/5] macro-based key/value maps Jeff King
2011-08-04 22:45             ` [PATCH 1/5] implement generic key/value map Jeff King
2011-08-04 22:46             ` [PATCH 2/5] fast-export: use object to uint32 map instead of "decorate" Jeff King
2011-08-04 22:46             ` [PATCH 3/5] decorate: use "map" for the underlying implementation Jeff King
2011-08-04 22:46             ` [PATCH 4/5] map: implement persistent maps Jeff King
2011-08-04 22:46             ` [PATCH 5/5] implement metadata cache subsystem Jeff King
2011-08-05 11:03             ` [RFC/PATCH 0/5] macro-based key/value maps Jeff King
2011-08-05 15:31               ` René Scharfe
2011-08-06  6:30                 ` Jeff King
2011-07-13  7:04 ` [RFC/PATCHv2 2/6] add metadata-cache infrastructure Jeff King
2011-07-13  8:18   ` Bert Wesarg
2011-07-13  8:31     ` Jeff King [this message]
2011-07-13  8:45       ` Bert Wesarg
2011-07-13 19:18         ` Jeff King
2011-07-13 19:40       ` Junio C Hamano
2011-07-13 19:33   ` Junio C Hamano
2011-07-13 20:25     ` Jeff King
2011-07-13  7:05 ` [RFC/PATCHv2 3/6] commit: add commit_generation function Jeff King
2011-07-13 14:26   ` Eric Sunshine
2011-07-13  7:05 ` [RFC/PATCHv2 4/6] pretty: support %G to show the generation number of a commit Jeff King
2011-07-13  7:06 ` [RFC/PATCHv2 5/6] check commit generation cache validity against grafts Jeff King
2011-07-13 14:26   ` Eric Sunshine
2011-07-13 19:35     ` Jeff King
2011-07-13  7:06 ` [RFC/PATCHv2 6/6] limit "contains" traversals based on commit generation Jeff King
2011-07-13  7:23   ` Jeff King
2011-07-13 20:33     ` Junio C Hamano
2011-07-13 20:58       ` Jeff King
2011-07-13 21:12         ` Junio C Hamano
2011-07-13 21:18           ` Jeff King
2011-07-15 18:22   ` Junio C Hamano
2011-07-15 20:40     ` Jeff King
2011-07-15 21:04       ` Junio C Hamano
2011-07-15 21:14         ` Jeff King
2011-07-15 21:01 ` Generation numbers and replacement objects Jakub Narebski
2011-07-15 21:10   ` Jeff King
2011-07-16 21:10     ` Jakub Narebski
2011-08-04 22:48 [RFC/PATCH 0/2] patch-id caching Jeff King
2011-08-04 22:49 ` [PATCH 1/2] cherry: read default config Jeff King
2011-08-04 22:49 ` [PATCH 2/2] cache patch ids on disk Jeff King
2011-08-04 22:52   ` Jeff King

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