Ticket #359 (new todo)

Opened 13 years ago

Last modified 12 years ago

enable UUID for pbc

Reported by: rurban Owned by:
Priority: normal Milestone: 2.6
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Description (last modified by rurban) (diff)

With r36890 I've enabled UUID stamping of pbc's for the t/native_pbc/ tests. tools/dev/pbc_header.pl --upd works now again.

In order to enable UUID's (uuid_type=1) for all PBC's I plan the following:

  • read the UUID, the md5 fingerprint of PBC_COMPAT with Parrot::BuildUtils::generate_pbc_fingerprint() at Configure.pl
  • uuid_size = 12, so that the new padding in the header will be 2 instead of 14 and the header size before the directory stay the same.
  • store the pbc_fingerprint as PBC_UUID in config.h for packfile.c
  • write every pbc with this UUID
  • check the UUID when reading pbc's and warn when reading incompatible PBC's, different UUID's.
  • error on reading newer bytecode versions, allow reading older versions. That was the original intention at least.


tt359-pbc_uuid.patch Download (9.3 KB) - added by rurban 13 years ago.
md5 not binary safe?
tt359-pbc_uuid.2.patch Download (13.2 KB) - added by rurban 13 years ago.
binary safe 22 byte UUID (base_64)

Change History

Changed 13 years ago by rurban

  • status changed from new to assigned

Attached is an actual proof-of-concept patch.


#define PARROT_PBC_UUID         "îø=êš„˜:ª" 

    set P0["pbc_uuid"], "îø=êš„˜:ª"
  • Not binary safe? Or use md5_base64 with 22 bytes instead of 12. This requires a larger header. Currently we just the spare padding, which went from 14 to 2 bytes.

./miniparrot.exe config_lib.pasm > runtime/parrot/include/config.fpmc
Malformed string

pbc_uuid is calculated in auto::pmc, after auto::ops, and incooporates on user-defined pmc and ops those, plus the bc_major, bc_minor from PBC_COMPAT.

What should else should be taken into the uuid? I just have the pmc and ops names plus bc version, but in reality all the public interfaces are needed also.

Two generic pbc functions are moved to Parrot::BuildUtil, get_bc_version() and generate_pbc_fingerprint(). This simplifies dev/pbc_header.pl and tools/build/pbcversion_h.pl.

Changed 13 years ago by rurban

md5 not binary safe?

Changed 13 years ago by rurban

binary safe 22 byte UUID (base_64)

Changed 13 years ago by rurban

  • description modified (diff)

I have two questions and a proposal about our pbc policy, when we encounter a bc version mismatch and with this path a UUID mismatch.

Proposal: use the Parrot_pbc_read() options to seperate parrot from the pbc_utils.

  • parrot, pbc_to_exe and pbc_merge should fail with a "Incompatible packfile" error, when we know that it will fail: UUID and bc version mismatch. option=0
  • however, the other parrot_utils, pbc_dump, pbc_info, pbc_disassembler, parrot_debugger should only warn when reading old pbc's, esp. on a UUID mismatch. option=1

Should we be strict, as currently, or relaxed as promised as original pbc design goals? It was even designed to be more cross-version portable as I remember.

Should our deprecation policies handle this in the code? - change the uuid and bc version but keep portability for two releases.

Changed 13 years ago by rurban

With the tt359-pbc_uuid.2.patch I misunderstood the original purpose of uuid. It should be the md5 of the pbc which is created. I'll have to update this in a new patch.

However, we still have the open problem of cmdline configured sets --ops and --pmc. Should we handle this also with a custome UUID as I did in the patch above? Or get rid of this feature.

Changed 13 years ago by rurban

  • milestone changed from 1.0 to 2.6

Changed 12 years ago by coke

  • owner rurban deleted
  • status changed from assigned to new
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