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From: Neal D. Becker (ndbecker2_at_[hidden])
Date: 2004-03-02 11:39:29

Robert Ramey wrote:

> Neal Becker wrote:
>>I have 1 more question. What about an archive that uses mmap? This
>>should be very efficient for saving/restoring large structures in binary
>>format. Is this a good idea?
> I did all the STL collections as I considered these "fundamental". . I
> did a version of shared_ptr myself as a test/proof of concept.
> 1 more question? Hmmm so for I have received submissions for serialization
> of optional, scoped_ptr, date_time library among othersThese are from
> people who needed to serialize other boost objects that they use. I've
> stopped
> incorporating them as the library is getting too big for me to manage. If
> this library is ever accepted, serialization of boost components will have
> to be a responsibility separate from the serialization library itself.
> After, they are really applications of the serialization library rathet
> than components of the library.
> So feel free, to make a serializer for any kind of data structure you find
> useful. All we have to do is to find a place to put it.

Thanks. Actually, though, what I'm talking about is a different archive
type, not a data structure. Right now binary data is saved/restored using
read/write. mmap is potentially much more efficient for large data
structures. OTOH, there is one big problem for it, which is that mmap can
only be applied to one contiguous memory region. I believe you would have
to serialize one object to one file, and if you want more objects you would
need multiple files to map them to. Still, might be interesting.

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