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Re: [libvirt] locking down struct size/layout in remote-protocol.x

On 05/07/2010 02:05 AM, Jim Meyering wrote:
>> There's a way out.
>> - maintain a textual representation of these structs and their members
>>   (including type names, but not sizes) and make pdwtags a requirement
>>   for running "make syntax-check", which would perform the verification.
>>   I.e., keep a copy of the output of pdwtags, but without the comments.
> FYI, here's code to generate the latter:
>     pdwtags src/libvirt_driver_remote_la-remote_protocol.o \
>       |perl -0777 -n \
>         -e 'foreach my $p (split m!\n\n/\* \d+ \*/\n!)' \
>         -e '  { if ($p =~ /^struct remote_/) {' \
>         -e '      $p =~ s!\t*/\*.*?\*/!!sg;' \
>         -e '      $p =~ s!\s+\n!\n!sg;' \
>         -e '      print "$p\n" } }' \
>       > remote-protocol-structs
> IMHO, it would be sufficient to enable a check comparing
> this output to a version-controlled reference file, and
> making it part of "make check".

I like it!

> Of course, this would add a dependency on pdwtags/dwarves,
> but it would be fine/easy to skip the check on non-Linux systems.

The same as we do for cppi - make it an optional 'make syntax-check', so
that those who have dwarves installed run it, and those who don't get a
warning that they should consider installing dwarves.

> Any objection to requiring the dwarves package for development on Linux?

No objection to an optional dependency from me.

Eric Blake   eblake redhat com    +1-801-349-2682
Libvirt virtualization library http://libvirt.org

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