[m-dev.] Re: io__write_bytes vs Unicode

Fergus Henderson fjh at cs.mu.OZ.AU
Tue Oct 22 00:41:05 AEST 2002

On 21-Oct-2002, Simon Taylor <stayl at cs.mu.OZ.AU> wrote:
> On 21-Oct-2002, Fergus Henderson <fjh at cs.mu.OZ.AU> wrote:
> > On 19-Oct-2002, Fergus Henderson <fjh at cs.mu.oz.au> wrote:
> > > Zoltan, what is the intended semantics of io__write_bytes?
> > ...
> > > Currently the only use of io__write_bytes in the system is in
> > > compiler/bytecode.m.
> > 
> > I talked in person with Zoltan, and he said that he'd be happy
> > to just get rid of io__write_bytes.
> > 
> > But I just realized that this is used for Aditi bytecode, as well as
> > for Mercury bytecode.  So I can't just remove io__write_bytes without
> > breaking the Aditi back-end.
> > 
> > Simon, any comments on this issue?
> The Aditi back-end doesn't use bytecode_data__output_string,
> which is the only caller of io__write_bytes.

Ah.  True.

The Aditi back-end is still going to be broken if the compiler is built in
.NET or Java grades, because it calls bytecode_data__string_to_byte_list.
But I guess that is not such a big deal, and anyway it doesn't prevent
removing or deprecating io__write_bytes.

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