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a C<->guile O(2N) problem

From: Christopher Lam
Subject: a C<->guile O(2N) problem
Date: Sun, 8 Dec 2019 13:15:25 +0000

Hello guilers

I am asking for some help optimizing C<->guile while working on the
simplest of lispy data structures; the proper list. The C equivalent being
used is glib's g_list.

these are converted via the simple but O(2*N) expensive
prepend-and-reverse, building SCM list by traversing g_list, and vice versa
for the return trip.

It came to light that if we could define the GList transform with CAR =
node->data and CDR = node->next; the C->SCM transform could be O(1)
efficient. There are issues about finding the correct SWIG converter for
node->data pointer dereferences, but this is a problem for another day.
With SCM->C transform, we don't anticipate long lists, so, the issue is
less acute, but it would be nice to optimise it too.

Does anyone have experience converting the above efficiently? Is this
something that would need ffi work?

Thanks for any help!

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