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1 Copyright (c) 1993-1994 by Xerox Corporation. All rights reserved.
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3 THIS MATERIAL IS PROVIDED AS IS, WITH ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY EXPRESSED
4 OR IMPLIED. ANY USE IS AT YOUR OWN RISK.
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6 Permission is hereby granted to use or copy this program
7 for any purpose, provided the above notices are retained on all copies.
8 Permission to modify the code and to distribute modified code is granted,
9 provided the above notices are retained, and a notice that the code was
10 modified is included with the above copyright notice.
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12 Please send bug reports to Hans-J. Boehm (Hans_Boehm@hp.com or
13 boehm@acm.org).
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15 This is a string packages that uses a tree-based representation.
16 See cord.h for a description of the functions provided. Ec.h describes
17 "extensible cords", which are essentially output streams that write
18 to a cord. These allow for efficient construction of cords without
19 requiring a bound on the size of a cord.
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21 More details on the data structure can be found in
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23 Boehm, Atkinson, and Plass, "Ropes: An Alternative to Strings",
24 Software Practice and Experience 25, 12, December 1995, pp. 1315-1330.
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26 A fundamentally similar "rope" data structure is also part of SGI's standard
27 template library implementation, and its descendents, which include the
28 GNU C++ library. That uses reference counting by default.
29 There is a short description of that data structure at
30 http://reality.sgi.com/boehm/ropeimpl.html . (The more official location
31 http://www.sgi.com/tech/stl/ropeimpl.html is missing a figure.)
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33 All of these are descendents of the "ropes" in Xerox Cedar.
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35 de.c is a very dumb text editor that illustrates the use of cords.
36 It maintains a list of file versions. Each version is simply a
37 cord representing the file contents. Nonetheless, standard
38 editing operations are efficient, even on very large files.
39 (Its 3 line "user manual" can be obtained by invoking it without
40 arguments. Note that ^R^N and ^R^P move the cursor by
41 almost a screen. It does not understand tabs, which will show
42 up as highlighred "I"s. Use the UNIX "expand" program first.)
43 To build the editor, type "make cord/de" in the gc directory.
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45 This package assumes an ANSI C compiler such as gcc. It will
46 not compile with an old-style K&R compiler.
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48 Note that CORD_printf iand friends use C functions with variable numbers
49 of arguments in non-standard-conforming ways. This code is known to
50 break on some platforms, notably PowerPC. It should be possible to
51 build the remainder of the library (everything but cordprnt.c) on
52 any platform that supports the collector.
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