i am currently playing around with properties attached to cstructs and ran
into some problems.
Normally, with racket structs, i can access a property without an instance
of the struct via the struct type descriptor (struct:S). There seems to be
nothing similar for cstructs, so the only way i found to check for or
access a property is to create a dummy instance solely for this purpose.
Would it be possible to add a similar type descriptor for cstructs? To
account for the incompatibility with the one for structs it might make
sense to name it different, maybe cstruct:S or similar.
If such a descriptor would exists it should be included in the transformer
bindings for cstructs. Another info i am really missing there is the
super-type field. As far as i can see, it would be a valid semantic to set
it to the identifier if the cstruct was created by type and to set it #f
if it got its super-type by cpointer.
But one more thing on properties. A source of really nasty bugs is if you
try to use the ctype of a cstruct inside the property:
(define-values (p p? p-ref) (make-struct-type-property 'my-p))
(define-cstruct _S ([a (_array _byte 23)])
#:property p _S)
(define s (ptr-ref (malloc _S) _S)) ; dummy instance
Getting the value results in:
(ctype-sizeof (p-ref s))
Checking ffi/unsafe.rkt shows that i get a temporary cpointer as ctype.
The real type already exists at the time the wrapper-struct is created but
it is not yet accessible by the name _S.
The following small patch should solve this by locally introducing the
correct name during the struct creation.
diff --git a/collects/ffi/unsafe.rkt b/collects/ffi/unsafe.rkt
index 37ffc7c..4842e87 100644
@@ -1384,7 +1384,7 @@
(with-syntax ([(prop ...)
- (let ()
+ (let ([_TYPE _TYPE*])
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