[Esug-list] ESUG SummerTalk - Fuel, binary object serializer

Paolo Bonzini bonzini at gnu.org
Mon May 30 04:25:25 EDT 2011

On 05/30/2011 10:02 AM, Mariano Martinez Peck wrote:
> The problem to compare ObjectDumper is that we need to be able to run
> both in the same Dialect/VM. Otherwise the difference of the dialect
> or VM can change the results a lot.

That's true.

> Sorry for the offtopic but is there an easy way to install GNU
> Smalltalk in a Mac OS 10.6.7 ?

With 3.2.4 and MacPorts it should be easy.  You need to install the 
libsigsegv port first.  It may not work right away if your compiler 
doesn't look in MacPorts paths.  You can preempt the issue with an extra 
option to the configure script:

  ./configure --with-system-libsigsegv=/opt/local/lib --prefix=/opt/local
  sudo make install

(or /opt/local/lib64, I don't know :)).

ObjectDumper should be easy to port to Pharo.  Something like

gst-convert -f gst -F squeak /opt/local/smalltalk/kernel/ObjDumper.st |
   tr '\n' '\r' > objdumper.sq

should be a good start.  Check out category "private - binary I/O", 
that's where changes might be made.  The resulting streams should be 
portable between dialects, though I've never tried.

Testcases are old so they have not been converted to SUnit, but I'm sure 
someone in the GNU Smalltalk community can help. :>

Lastly, it was written entirely by me, so I can relicense parts of it if 
required.  Contact me off-list if you are interested.



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