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authorJonathan Nieder <>2011-01-03 03:10:59 (GMT)
committerJonathan Nieder <>2011-02-26 10:59:37 (GMT)
commitb1c9b798a6dd391aeaea31663a65164815701244 (patch)
treeadc32fa7f1f4cfaaac28c0f3017c6b247a583136 /vcs-svn/line_buffer.txt
parentcb3f87cf1ba90373fdc240d65a4d65434099d9a3 (diff)
vcs-svn: teach line_buffer about temporary files
It can sometimes be useful to write information temporarily to file, to read back later. These functions allow a program to use the line_buffer facilities when doing so. It works like this: 1. find a unique filename with buffer_tmpfile_init. 2. rewind with buffer_tmpfile_rewind. This returns a stdio handle for writing. 3. when finished writing, declare so with buffer_tmpfile_prepare_to_read. The return value indicates how many bytes were written. 4. read whatever portion of the file is needed. 5. if finished, remove the temporary file with buffer_deinit. otherwise, go back to step 2, The svn support would use this to buffer the postimage from delta application until the length is known and fast-import can receive the resulting blob. Based-on-patch-by: David Barr <> Signed-off-by: Jonathan Nieder <>
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diff --git a/vcs-svn/line_buffer.txt b/vcs-svn/line_buffer.txt
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+++ b/vcs-svn/line_buffer.txt
@@ -24,6 +24,28 @@ The calling program:
When finished, the caller can use `buffer_reset` to deallocate
+Using temporary files
+Temporary files provide a place to store data that should not outlive
+the calling program. A program
+ - initializes a `struct line_buffer` to LINE_BUFFER_INIT
+ - requests a temporary file with `buffer_tmpfile_init`
+ - acquires an output handle by calling `buffer_tmpfile_rewind`
+ - uses standard I/O functions like `fprintf` and `fwrite` to fill
+ the temporary file
+ - declares writing is over with `buffer_tmpfile_prepare_to_read`
+ - can re-read what was written with `buffer_read_line`,
+ `buffer_read_string`, and so on
+ - can reuse the temporary file by calling `buffer_tmpfile_rewind`
+ again
+ - removes the temporary file with `buffer_deinit`, perhaps to
+ reuse the line_buffer for some other file.
+When finished, the calling program can use `buffer_reset` to deallocate