Serialization and deserialization of arbitrary objects
This extension allows serializing and deserializing arbitrary data (including procedures and continuations) into/from ports. Circular data is support as well as uninterned symbols. Foreign-pointer objects and ports other than the default input-, output- and error-ports can not be serialized. Threads may be serialized provided they are not running or ready (this means suspended or created but not yet started threads).
The serialized data is endianness- and word-size dependent.
To enable serialization of procedures and continuations, CHICKEN has to be built with the --enable-procedure-tables configuration option. In particular, any compiled module that is referenced in serialized data has to be compiled with a CHICKEN version that has procedure tables enabled.
Compiled procedures and continuations can be deserialized, provided that the same executable or libraries are loaded/linked - the compiled code must be available so that the deserialization process can find the associated code.
Continuations can be serialized but care has to be taken about what exactly is stored in such an object. Every invocation of call-with-current-continuation includes the complete list of pending dynamic-wind thunks (and their dynamic environment) which is likely to include non-serializable state.
Since the deserialization process breaks any assumptions about a unique identity of objects, TinyCLOS instances and classes can currently not be deserialized.
CHICKEN version 2.207 or higher is required to use this extension.
Writes a binary representation of X into PORT which defaults to the value of (current-output-port). If the serialization is unable to handle some object, the procedure SERIALIZER is invoked with that object as it's sole argument. The procedure should either signal an error or return a placeholder object that is to be serialized instead. If no serializer is specified, an error will be signalled.
Reads a binary representation of a Scheme data object from PORT which defaults to the value of (current-input-port). The deserialized object is returned.
If DESERIALIZER is given, then it will be called for procedure objects that can not be deserialized (normally because a serialized file was generated by a different version of CHICKEN) with the procedure-id (internal name) and the deserialized closure object as argument.
A separate tool is also available, named chicken-dump that writes a description about the contents of a serialized file. Just invoke
on the command prompt.
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