[Dev-luatex] Dump sharing - redundant copying/allocations

Michal Vlasák lahcim8 at gmail.com
Tue Jul 20 21:51:14 CEST 2021

On Tue Jul 20, 2021 at 7:56 PM CEST, Taco Hoekwater wrote:
> Hi,
> > On 20 Jul 2021, at 18:01, Michal Vlasák <lahcim8 at gmail.com> wrote:
> > 
> > Hello,
> > 
> > when NO_DUMP_SHARE is not defined and the system is Little endian, then
> > for the possibility of sharing format files between architectures all
> > dumped multi-byte valules are byte swapped by the function "swap_items"
> > in "tex/texfileio.c".
> > 
> > The origin of the function is in Web2C's "texmfmp.c" and it seems that
> > it was added to LuaTeX in the version 1.08 when the source was converted
> > from CWeb (or am I reading the history wrong?).
> That code has been around since 2010 (luatex 0.60-ish). I can’t
> remember exactly why I did that odd copying to a temp array, but I do
> remember that that particular function was quite problematic w.r.t.
> endianness and (cross)compiler issues (read: bugs, as in “internal
> compiler error").

Thank you for your valuable insight Taco. My thinking was skewed because
I read the history incorrectly, thinking it was more of a mistake that
slipped into a big commit.

Anyways despite the number of allocations the performance is probably
fine, since nobody complained, yet. I noticed it by chance while reading
the code.

Best regards,
Michal Vlasák

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