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Re: Guile-Git 0.6.0 released; looking for maintainers!

From: Attila Lendvai
Subject: Re: Guile-Git 0.6.0 released; looking for maintainers!
Date: Tue, 27 Feb 2024 19:25:58 +0000

> An idea might be to look into using nyacc’s ffi-helper to generate
> struct definitions.

over there in CL land i wrote an automatic FFI generator. it's now part of the 
main CL FFI lib:

it is based on c2ffi:

which is a piece of C++ code that uses CLANG as a library to parse any C header 
file, and emit its content into a json file.

a thin layer of lisp code can generate the actual sexp FFI definitions from the 
json files, that then can be hooked into the usual guile way of doing FFI.

the json files can be checked into the repo, which then eliminates the 
dependency on c2ffi on the user side (i.e. the project is only as heavy as any 
other hand-written FFI wrapper). that way only the maintainer needs to 
regenerate the json files every once in a while.

or short of a smarter build tool like ASDF, we can also check in the generated 
lisp files.

if there's interest, then i can help porting this over to guile.

below are some example projects that are using it. they are rather thin and 
simple, yet provide a full FFI:

PS: clang now supports `-ast-dump=json`, which may or may not eliminate the 
need for c2ffi entirely:

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