by Michael Sperber
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This SRFI defines a set of procedures for creating, accessing, and manipulating octet-addressed blocks of binary data, in short, blobs. The SRFI provides access primitives for fixed-length integers of arbitrary size, with specified endianness, and a choice of unsigned and two's complement representations.
Many applications must deal with blocks of binary data by accessing them in various ways---extracting signed or unsigned numbers of various sizes. Such an application can use octet vectors as in SRFI 66 or any of the other types of homogeneous vectors in SRFI 4, but these both only allow retrieving the binary data of one type.
This is awkward in many situations, because an application might access different kinds of entities from a single binary block. Even for uniform blocks, the disjointness of the various vector data types in SRFI 4 means that, say, an I/O API needs to provide an army of procedures for each of them in order to provide efficient access to binary data.
Therefore, this SRFI provides a single type for blocks of binary data with multiple ways to access that data. It deals only with integers in various sizes with specified endianness, because these are the most frequent applications. Dealing with other kinds of binary data, such as floating-point numbers or variable-size integers would be natural extensions, but are left for a future SRFI.
Blobs are objects of a new type. Conceptually, a blob represents a sequence of octets.
Scheme systems implementing both SRFI 4 and/or SRFI 66 and this SRFI may or may not use the same type for u8vector and blobs. They are encouraged to do so, however.
As with u8vectors, the length of a blob is the number of octets it contains. This number is fixed. A valid index into a blob is an exact, non-negative integer. The first octet of a blob has index 0, the last octet has an index one less than the length of the blob.
Generally, the access procedures come in different flavors according to the size of the represented integer, and the endianness of the representation. The procedures also distinguish signed and unsigned representations. The signed representations all use two's complement.
For procedures that have no "natural" return value, this SRFI often uses the sentence:
The return values are unspecified.
This means that number of return values and the return values are
unspecified. However, the number of return values is such that it is
accepted by a continuation created by begin
. Specifically, on
Scheme implementations where continuations created by begin
accept an arbitrary number of arguments (this includes most
implementations), it is suggested that the procedure return zero return
values.
(endianness
big
)
(syntax)(endianness
little
)
(syntax)(endianness
native
)
(syntax)
(endianness big)
and (endianness little)
evaluate to two distinct and unique objects representing an endianness.
The native
endianness evaluates to the endianness of the
underlying machine architecture, and must be eq?
to
either (endianness big)
or (endianness little)
.
(blob?
obj)
Returns #t
if obj is a blob, otherwise
returns #f
.
(make-blob
k)
Returns a newly allocated blob of k octets, all of them 0.
(blob-length
blob)
Returns the number of octets in blob as an exact integer.
(blob-u8-ref
blob k)
(blob-s8-ref
blob k)
K must be a valid index of blob.
Blob-u8-ref
returns the octet at index k
of blob.
Blob-s8-ref
returns the exact integer corresponding to the
two's complement representation at index k
of blob.
(blob-u8-set!
blob k octet)
(blob-s8-set!
blob k byte)
K must be a valid index of blob.
Blob-u8-set!
stores octet in element k of blob.
Byte, must be an exact integer in the interval {-128, ...,
127}. Blob-u8-set!
stores the two's complement representation
of byte in element k of blob.
The return values are unspecified.
(blob-uint-ref
size endianness blob k)
(blob-sint-ref
size endianness blob k)
(blob-uint-set!
size endianness blob k n)
(blob-sint-set!
size endianness blob k n)
Size must be a positive exact integer. K must be a valid index of blob; so must the indices {k, ..., k + size - 1}. Endianness must be an endianness object.
Blob-uint-ref
retrieves the exact integer corresponding to
the unsigned representation of size size and specified
by endianness at indices {k, ..., k
+ size - 1}.
Blob-sint-ref
retrieves the exact integer corresponding to
the two's complement representation of size size and specified
by endianness at indices {k, ..., k
+ size - 1}.
For blob-uint-set!
, n must be an exact integer in
the interval [0, (256^size)-1]. Blob-uint-set!
stores the unsigned representation of size size and specified
by endianness into the blob at indices {k,
..., k + size - 1}.
For blob-uint-set!
, n must be an exact integer in
the interval [-256^(size-1),
(256^(size-1))-1]. Blob-sint-set!
stores the two's
complement representation of size size and specified
by endianness into the blob at indices {k,
..., k + size - 1}.
(blob-u16-ref
endianness blob k)
(blob-s16-ref
endianness blob k)
(blob-u16-native-ref
blob k)
(blob-s16-native-ref
blob k)
(blob-u16-set!
endianness blob k n)
(blob-s16-set!
endianness blob k n)
(blob-u16-native-set!
blob k n)
(blob-s16-native-set!
blob k n)
K must be a valid index of blob; so must the index k+ 1. Endianness must be an endianness object.
These retrieve and set two-octet representations of numbers at
indices k and k+1, according to the endianness
specified by endianness. The procedures with u16
in their names deal with the unsigned representation, those
with s16
with the two's complement representation.
The procedures with native
in their names employ the native
endianness, and only work at aligned indices: k must be a
multiple of 2. It is an error to use them at non-aligned indices.
(blob-u32-ref
endianness blob k)
(blob-s32-ref
endianness blob k)
(blob-u32-native-ref
blob k)
(blob-s32-native-ref
blob k)
(blob-u32-set!
endianness blob k n)
(blob-s32-set!
endianness blob k n)
(blob-u32-native-set!
blob k n)
(blob-s32-native-set!
blob k n)
K must be a valid index of blob; so must the indices {k, ..., k+ 3}. Endianness must be an endianness object.
These retrieve and set four-octet representations of numbers at indices
{k, ..., k+ 3}, according to the endianness
specified by endianness. The procedures with u32
in their names deal with the unsigned representation, those
with s32
with the two's complement representation.
The procedures with native
in their names employ the native
endianness, and only work at aligned indices: k must be a
multiple of 4. It is an error to use them at non-aligned indices.
(blob-u64-ref
endianness blob k)
(blob-s64-ref
endianness blob k)
(blob-u64-native-ref
blob k)
(blob-s64-native-ref
blob k)
(blob-u64-set!
endianness blob k n)
(blob-s64-set!
endianness blob k n)
(blob-u64-native-set!
blob k n)
(blob-s64-native-set!
blob k n)
K must be a valid index of blob; so must the indices {k, ..., k+ 7}. Endianness must be an endianness object.
These retrieve and set eight-octet representations of numbers at indices
{k, ..., k+ 7}, according to the endianness
specified by endianness. The procedures with u64
in their names deal with the unsigned representation, those
with s64
with the two's complement representation.
The procedures with native
in their names employ the native
endianness, and only work at aligned indices: k must be a
multiple of 8. It is an error to use them at non-aligned indices.
(blob=?
blob-1 blob-2)
Returns #t if blob-1 and blob-2 are equal---that is, if they have the same length and equal octets at all valid indices.
(blob-copy!
source source-start target target-start n)
Copies data from blob source to blob target. Source-start, target-start, and n must be non-negative exact integers that satisfy
0 <= source-start <= source-start
+ n <= (blob-length source)
0 <= target-start <= target-start
+ n <= (blob-length target)
This copies the octets from source at indices [source-start, source-start + n) to consecutive indices in target starting at target-index.
This must work even if the memory regions for the source and the target overlap, i.e., the octets at the target location after the copy must be equal to the octets at the source location before the copy.
The return values are unspecified.
(blob-copy
blob)
Returns a newly allocated copy of blob blob.
(blob->u8-list
blob)
(u8-list->blob
blob)
blob->u8-list
returns a newly allocated list of the octets
of blob in the same
order.
U8-list->blob
returns a newly allocated blob whose
elements are the elements of list octets, which must all be
octets, in the same order. Analogous to list->vector
.
(blob->uint-list
size endianness blob)
(blob->sint-list
size endianness blob)
(uint-list->blob
size endianness list)
(sint-list->blob
size endianness list)
Size must be a positive exact integer. Endianness must be an endianness object.
These convert between lists of integers and their consecutive
representations according to size and endianness in
blobs in the same way
as blob->u8-list
, blob->s8-list
,
u8-list->blob
, and s8-list->blob
do for
one-octet representations.
This reference implementation makes use of SRFI 23 (Error reporting mechanism), SRFI 26 (Notation for Specializing Parameters without Currying), SRFI 60 (Integers as Bits), and SRFI 66 (Octet Vectors).
The test suite doubles as a source of examples.
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