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Memory stats in RPC #1632

merged 4 commits into from Jan 30, 2019


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This provides an alternate implementation for #1439. The idea is to scan a node and all nested variables for sequence containers (std::vector, std::list etc..) and outputs the number of elements and the size in bytes of the container in a JSON-RPC call when requesting:




    "node": {
        "ledger": {
            "bootstrap_weights": {
                "count": "125",
                "size": "7000"
        "peers": {
            "peers": {
                "count": "38",
                "size": "7296"
            "attempts": {
                "count": "95",
                "size": "3800"

Ideally the members could be scanned recursively until something which has the methods .size () & operator[] and the value_type alias is found and then use this. However C++ currently lacks reflection (even in c++17) without some very nasty template tricks which will have problems with edge cases and not feasible to create with current time constraints. There is Boost.Hana (among others) which offer ways to add meta-data to classes and then be able to parse, but Boost.Hana has known problems with MSVC even recent 2017 versions I gave it a go but ran into a few issues and it started to feel like an over-engineered solution anyway.

What I have instead done instead is implement the composite design pattern where leaf nodes are the sequence containers and composites are member variables containing sequence containers. This could have probably gone into it's own file, but I've added it to nano/lib/utility.hpp. All classes which should be processed should have a corresponding collect_seq_con_info function definition. I have not tried looking for sequence containers more than 2 levels deep, so it's possible I may have missed some, but these can be easily added.

There is only have a basic test. Full test coverage would probably require a couple dozen tests which would take a while to write, which is currently limited before the RC, and I wanted to first check if this would be accepted without spending more time on it. This should be quite self-contained and only affect the new RPC call and not have regression consequences for anything else.

I didn't want to change the interface of the existing data structures if I could help it. If I needed access to private mutexes for instance, the new function was added as a friend so that it could access it. A lot of the classes had public access specifier for the needed member variables so the majority did not need changing.

vote_uniquer/block_uniquer both had a size() method, so they somewhat act on the outside at least as a sequence container, so I have added value_type which other std containers have (although mainly because they are templates)

I noticed there was no mutex in the ledger, I don't know if that is by design.

I couple warnings about unused variables have been removed.

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@wezrule wezrule force-pushed the wezrule:rpc_memory_stats branch from b10df67 to abc870b Jan 28, 2019

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Code looks fine to me, approving pending discussion on manual introspection vs. generating this code.

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@wezrule wezrule force-pushed the wezrule:rpc_memory_stats branch from abc870b to d67a5fb Jan 30, 2019

@zhyatt zhyatt moved this from During RC to CP 3 (2018-01-27) in V18 Jan 30, 2019

@wezrule wezrule merged commit daba0f6 into nanocurrency:master Jan 30, 2019

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