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Subject cvs commit: apache-2.0/src/lib/apr APRDesign
Date Mon, 11 Oct 1999 00:51:42 GMT
rbb         99/10/10 17:51:42

  Added:       src/lib/apr APRDesign
  Add an APR design document.  This is not complete, but it does provide
  some basic rules that the current APR developers have been following.
  Feel free to comment on it.
  Reviewed by:	David Reid
  Revision  Changes    Path
  1.1                  apache-2.0/src/lib/apr/APRDesign
  Index: APRDesign
  Design of APR
  The Apache Portable Run-time libraries have been designed to provide a common
  interface to low level routines across any platform.  The original goal of APR
  was to combine all code in Apache to one common code base.  This is not the
  correct approach however, so the goal of APR has changed.  
  There are places, where common code is not a good thing.  For example, how to
  map requests to either threads or processes, should be platform specific. 
  APR's place, is now to combine any code that can be safely combined, without
  sacrificing performance.
  To this end, we have created a set of operations that are required for cross
  platfrom development.  There may be other types that are desired, and those
  will be implemented in the future.  The first version of APR will focus on
  what Apache 2.0 needs.  Of course, anything that is submitted will be
  considered for inclusion.
  This document will discuss the structure of APR, and how best to contribute
  code to the effort.
  APR types
  The base types in APR
  file_io     File I/O, including pipes
  lib         A portable library originally used in Apache.  This contains
              memory management, tables, and arrays.
  locks       Mutex and reader/writer locks
  misc        Any APR type which doesn't have any other place to belong
  network_io  Network I/O
  shmem       Shared Memory (Not currently implemented)   
  signal      Asynchronous Signals
  threadproc  Threads and Processes
  time        Time 
  Directory Structure
  Each type has a base directory.  Inside this base directory, are
  subdirectories, which contain the actual code.  These subdirectories are named
  after the platforms the are compiled on.  Unix is also used as a common
  directory.  If the code you are writing is POSIX based, you should look at the
  code in the unix directory.  A good rule of thumb, is that if more than half
  your code needs to be ifdef'ed out, and the structures required for your code
  are substantively different from the POSIX code, you should create a new
  Currently, the APR code is written for Unix, BeOS, Windows, and OS/2.  An
  example of the directory structure is the file I/O directory:
     ->  file_io
             -> unix            The Unix and common base code
             -> win32           The Windows code
             -> os2             The OS/2 code
  Obviously, BeOS does not have a directory.  This is because BeOS is currently
  using the Unix directory for it's file_io.  In the near future, it will be
  possible to use indiviual files from the Unix directory.
  There are a few special top level directories.  These are test, inc, include,
  and libs.  Test is a directory which stores all test programs.  It is expected
  that if a new type is developed, there will also be a new test program, to
  help people port this new type to different platforms.  Inc is a directory for
  internal header files.  This directory is likely to go away soon.  Include is
  a directory which stores all required APR header files for external use.  The
  distinction between internal and external header files will be made soon. 
  Finally, libs is a generated directory.  When APR finishes building, it will
  store it's library files in the libs directory.
  Creating an APR Type
  The current design of APR requires that APR types be incomplete.  It is not
  possible to write flexible portable code if programs can access the internals
  of APR types.  This is because different platforms are likely to define
  different native types.
  For this reason, each platform defines a structure in their own directories. 
  Those structures are then typedef'ed in an external header file.  For example
  in file_io/unix/fileio.h:
      struct file_t {
          ap_context_t *cntxt;
          int filedes;
          FILE *filehand;
  In include/apr_file_io.h:
      typedef struct file_t    ap_file_t;
  This will cause a compiler error if somebody tries to access the filedes field
  in this strcture.  Windows does not have a filedes field, so obviously, it is
  important that programs not be able to access these.
  The only exception to the incomplete type rule can be found in apr_portable.h.
  This file defines the native types for each platform.  Using these types, it
  is possible to extract native types for any APR type.
  You may notice the ap_context_t field.  All APR types have this field.  This
  type is used to allocate memory within APR.
  New Function
  When creating a new function, please try to adhere to these rules.
  1)  Result arguments should be the first arguments.
  2)  If a function needs a context, it should be the last argument.
  3)  These rules are flexible, especially if it makes the code easier
      to understand because it mimics a standard function.

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