After the fiasco with confusing struct revision for a struct commit, I've
worked out something that makes more sense. I've actually ported
fsck-cache, rev-tree, and my merge-base to it, so it should at least be
The design is as follows:
There is a struct object for each object in the database, although they
are only created on demand. It contains the type and sha1 of the
object, as well as a flag for whether the object contents have been read,
more flags for general use, a list of objects which it references, and a
flag for whether any objects reference it.
Each struct object is embedded in a type-specific struct, which contains
further information. For example, struct commit has the date, the parents,
and the tree.
Parsing objects is progressive; objects are created in an unread state
(with no disk access), and functions can be called to parse each object as
it is determined to be interesting. This should generally allow for only
the necessary portions of a large set of object references to be read.
Any comment on the design, or should I send my implementation?
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