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About MMAP

This is a utility library providing access to the mmap family of functions in a portable way. It should work on Posix and Windows systems. mmap allows you to directly map a file into the address space of your process without having to manually read it into memory sequentially. Typically this is much more efficient for files that are larger than a few Kb.

Supported operations

The library offers access to the following functions:

  • mmap
  • munmap
  • msync
  • mprotect

It also provides a convenience macro called with-mmap to perform safe, local mappings of files.

(mmap:with-mmap (addr fd size #p"/etc/lsb-release")
  (with-output-to-string (out)
    (loop for i from 0 below size
          for char = (code-char (cffi:mem-aref addr :char i))
          do (write-char char out))))

If you're on a system where mmap is supported, :mmap will be in *features*.