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Re: [Chicken-users] assigning scheme object to foreign pointer

From: Evan Hanson
Subject: Re: [Chicken-users] assigning scheme object to foreign pointer
Date: Mon, 16 Dec 2013 13:28:27 +1300
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Hi Pluijzer,

On 16/12/13 12:59, pluijzer wrote:
> I am using a C-library that lets you assign user data to objects via a
> void pointer. I would like to assign a scheme object to this pointer,
> but as I understand I cannot use 'object->pointer' for this, as the
> garbage collector might move the object.

There are a couple of ways to do this.

One is to manually move the object into static memory, via
`object-evict` (
This is nice and easy, but might not work as expected for all data

Another is to create a new GC root for the object, via
`CHICKEN_new_gc_root` and its associated procedures

You might also sidestep the issue entirely by keeping your objects in a
Scheme-side lookup table and only storing immediate values in the
pointer that you can then use to retrieve the objects as needed.

Other folks may chime in with more ideas, but I hope these help some.



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