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README.pod

This is a build directory for custom PMCs with a sample foo.pmc providing the Foo PMC class.

  1. Edit/create your foo.pmc source - For details on creating PMCs, see tools/dev/gen_class.pl

    There are some differences you have to be aware of when creating dynamic PMCs.

    When declaring the dynamic PMC, you must specify the dynpmc flag, as in:

            pmclass TclString extends TclObject dynpmc ... { ... }

    Note that regular (non-dynamic) PMCs have a type id enum_class_PMCNAME, but dynamic PMCs obviously cannot use the same thing. Instead, a dynamically-chosen value is assigned at runtime - so, when you refer to the type of the class , you must dynamically determine the PMC type. So, while scalar (a builtin) has the luxury of knowing at compile time what the class number of its child String is -- for example:

            if (type == enum_class_String) { ...

    a dynamic PMC such as TclInt must instead perform a runtime lookup of its corresponding TclString PMC, resulting in the more complicated:

      static INTVAL dynpmc_TclString;
    
      pmclass TclInt extends TclObject extends Integer dynpmc group tcl_group {
    
        void class_init() {
          if (pass) {
            dynpmc_TclString = Parrot_PMC_typenum(interp,"TclString");
          }
        }
      }

    Finally, if you have a group of PMCs that are interdependent, use the group GROUPNAME syntax to trigger a group library to be built. You will use the group name as the name of the library to load using the PASM op loadlib.

            pmclass Match extends Hash dynpmc group match_group { ... }

    and then in your .pir or .pasm file:

            loadlib $P0, "match_group"
  2. Edit ../../config/gen/makefiles/dynpmc.in and append your PMC(s) to the build target. The dynpmc.in file is processed by Configure.pl to create the real makefiles. So, invoke the configure script, then make:
            $ perl Configure.pl
            $ make
  3. If anything changes inside parrot, be sure to:
            $ make dynpmc-clean
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