Articles tagged “erlang”

Spent my day on Erlang-Ruby-Marshal today ;-)

In a nutshell, it adds support for unmarshaling 1.9 strings, and implements the last missing type (TYPE_LINK) that was missing from the code. Tests still lack, can someone help ? :-)


Added TYPE_LINK, needed because of how ruby 1.9 marshals strings.

In 1.9, Ruby marshals the string encoding in the binary output, and
uses an Ivar construct (TYPE_IVAR) to wrap the string and adds an
"encoding" instance variable (notice: without a leading @) whose
value is the encoding itself.

While the Ivar code worked correctly, the values of the encodings
are actually *strings*, that are being reused via the TYPE_LINK
construct, that wasn't implemented.

So, the get() and put() primitives are being used to store not
only tuples {id, sym} for symbols, but now store either

  {{symbol, ID}, sym}

  OR

  {{value,  ID}, val}

for the other types that use TYPE_LINK.

By reading the ruby marshal.c source code, it looks like that MANY
data types save their values in the arg->data hashtable, but by
inspecting the binary marshal output of, e.g, an array of floats,
links aren't used.

Thus, in this unmarshaler, links are considered, for now, only for
strings and regexes.

Fork me on GitHub: http://github.com/vjt/erlang-ruby-marshal

Posted at 19PM on 05/11/10 | 2 comments | Filed Under: development

CouchDB 0.11 Invalid UTF-8 JSON: Solved

If your CouchDB 0.11 gives you the “Invalid UTF-8 JSON” error on every POST or PUT you issue to it, make sure that in your $prefix/usr/lib/couchdb/erlang/lib there aren’t leftovers from previous installations.

On our dev server, I found there two directories (“couch-0.10” and “mochiweb-r97“) from the old 0.10 setup that were causing this issue.

This applies if you upgraded from source, as you’ve probably did, because there aren’t too many packages of CouchDB 0.11 as of April 2010 :-).

Huge thanks to @couchdb for hinting me in the right direction after reading a report on the dev mailing list but I didn’t want to “remove and reinstall” because I like to understand what’s going on ;-).

Footnote: could this be the end of Hiatus? I hope so ;-p

Posted at 19PM on 04/03/10 | 1 comment | Filed Under: development

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