[elephant-devel] Status of HEAD and 0.6.1

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Mon Jan 22 20:01:11 UTC 2007

That's great work.

If needed, I can run tests on MacBook Intel with OpenMCL + SBCL with threads compiled in. Just let me know when/where to fetch it from.


On Mon, January 22, 2007 11:30 am, Ian Eslick <eslick at csail.mit.edu> said:

> The re-organization for the 0.6.1 feature set has stabilized and the
> current HEAD passes all tests under Allegro 8.0 / OS X / Intel
> against BDB 4.4.
> This reorganization is a big step towards several new features to be
> added shortly:
> - Support for symbol id's
> - Finish support for 64-bit Lisp's
> - Clean up support for multi-threading and multiple store controllers
> There is a laundry list of minor features planned for 0.6.1.  If
> anyone would like to contribute, now is a good time to jump in while
> the development tree is somewhat stable.  I'll move the source tree
> to SVN and enter outstanding issues into Trac after these features
> are done.
> I would also appreciate anyone who wants to run the test suite on
> alternate lisps, architectures and OS's.  In particular, a Win32
> tester is much needed as the new build process doesn't work on
> win32.  I think it's a minimal amount of work.
> This check-in includes the following fixes and enhancements:
> Major:
> x Modularize serializers for easy upgrade
> x Implement backend support for symbol-table protocol
> x MCL 1.1 unicode support; clean up other lisp support for unicode
> x Simplify user-specific configuration parameters using config.sexp
> and my-config.sexp
> x Ensure thread safety in buffer-stream allocation!
> x Simplify unicode support, database format has a canonical form
> which is translated by lisp
> x Remove DB version tags, created deadlock with modular serializers.
> All DB directories now have a file VERSION associated with it.
> Minor:
> x Diffs for lisp-controlled DB checkpointing (by Gabor Melis)
> x Improved optimization options to be more user controlled (Pierre
> Thierry)
> x New build interface; remove Makefiles (sans win32), (help from
> elephant-devel, I forget who)
> x Think through default *store-controller* vs. explicit parameter
> passing referencing all over the APIs (Enable explicit passing
> everywhere, maintain *store-controller* defaults.  This makes multi-
> threading support simpler.  Users can pass the store controller or
> rely on a global *store-controller*)
> x Verify that operations such as indexing are thread safe
> x Investigated gensym warnings in berkeley-db.lisp (caused by an FFI
> macro, no harm in it)
> x Remove all sleepycat references and use berkeley-db or bdb instead
> (due to Oracle acquisition)
> x Remove warnings in libberkeley-db.c
> Regards,
> Ian
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