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big source tarball #221

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rofl0r opened this issue Oct 13, 2018 · 8 comments
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rofl0r opened this issue Oct 13, 2018 · 8 comments

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@rofl0r
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@rofl0r rofl0r commented Oct 13, 2018

hi, i've just updated re2c from 0.14 to 1.1.1 >>0<< and noticed the tarball grew from 2.5 to 5.9MB, which is quite big considering the built executable is only 300 KB!
maybe there's some binary documentation inside that bloats the source unnecessarily and could be offered as a secondary download to interested people ?
since folks like me who build their stuff from source usually keep the tarballs around, every MB counts...thanks for considering to shrinking it a bit.
maybe offering a download as tar.xz could also bring the size down a bit.

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@trofi trofi commented Oct 13, 2018

We can check what is actually used in tarball by re-compressing individual directories to get the idea:

re2c-1.1.1 $ ls -lh *.gz --sort=size
3.6M test.tar.gz
889K doc.tar.gz
115K src.tar.gz
59K bootstrap.tar.gz
42K examples.tar.gz

As we can see these are mostly tests. 6MB does not sounds like an unreasonable number.

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@skvadrik skvadrik commented Oct 13, 2018

My conclusion is the same: tests eat all the space (and they will only grow over time). Without tests the resulting tarball is about 100K. We can potentially package stripped tarball without tests, but that requires fiddling with automake conditionals to make things like make check pass for the stripped tarball. Is it worth the effort?

@rofl0r: Since you build from source, it is likely that you also want to run the tests, right?

@trofi thanks for measuring!

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@skvadrik skvadrik commented Oct 13, 2018

I measured .tar.xz size, and it is about 2.7M, so maybe using xz the best option.

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@erthink erthink commented Oct 13, 2018

git-submodule for test's code and data?

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@rofl0r rofl0r commented Oct 13, 2018

@rofl0r: Since you build from source, it is likely that you also want to run the tests, right?

not really. all our packages do --disable-tests, when possible, to save time, and to allow cross-compilation (tests work only for native compiles anyway).

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@rofl0r rofl0r commented Oct 14, 2018

another aspect of having a big source tarball is that it suggests a bloated program inside.
for example i was evaluating lexers and when re2c was mentioned i looked into my pkg recipe and was immediately repelled by the 2.5 MB tarball size, to the point of immediately abandoning it as a potential candidate. but since i already had it installed for php, i looked a bit closer and figured the program itself is reasonably small.

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@skvadrik skvadrik commented Oct 16, 2018

@trofi pushed a fix that switches to .tar.xz by default and reduces tarball size 2x.

another aspect of having a big source tarball is that it suggests a bloated program inside.
for example i was evaluating lexers and when re2c was mentioned i looked into my pkg recipe and was immediately repelled by the 2.5 MB tarball size, to the point of immediately abandoning it as a potential candidate. but since i already had it installed for php, i looked a bit closer and figured the program itself is reasonably small.

Hmm... I might be wrong, but it seems that a moderately-lazy distro maintainer would grab the same tarball, or do the same git clone command regardless of whether the tests are enabled or not, and later on decide what to do with the tests. So git submodules won't prevent you from mis-judging the size of the program by the size of the tarball.

What I'm not happy with is fat git history, which is caused by committing large binary blobs in the past (they were deleted shortly after committing when I realized my mistake, but the history has them).

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@rofl0r rofl0r commented Oct 16, 2018

@trofi pushed a fix that switches to .tar.xz by default and reduces tarball size 2x.

great, thanks!

git submodules won't prevent you from mis-judging the size of the program by the size of the tarball.

git submodules weren't my idea, and i don't think they'd help tbh. i'm specifically talking about release tarballs, not github's tarball-from-tag feature.

since the testsuite of re2c seems to be incredibly voluminous, my personal preference would be to create 2 tarballs during make dist: re2c-x.y.z.tar.xz and re2c-testsuite-x.y.z.tar.xz or alternatively re2c-x.y.z-onlysource.tar.xz and re2c-x.y.z-full.tar.xz.
git does a similar thing: git sources are distributes in git-x.y.z.tar.xz, and manpages in git-manpages-x.y.z.tar.xz.

What I'm not happy with is fat git history, which is caused by committing large binary blobs in the past (they were deleted shortly after committing when I realized my mistake, but the history has them).

yeah, this is a quite annoying problem: if you dont notice the mistake within a short time (during which you could force-push to correct it), you're stuck with it, unless you rewrite the history... that's why i always look at my commits with gitk before pushing. also i tell ppl to never use git commit -a ...

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@skvadrik skvadrik closed this Jan 27, 2020
netbsd-srcmastr pushed a commit to NetBSD/pkgsrc that referenced this issue Sep 20, 2020
2.0.3 (2020-08-22)
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

- Fix issues when building re2c as a CMake subproject
  (`#302 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/pull/302>`_:

- Final corrections in the SIMPA article "RE2C: A lexer generator based on
  lookahead-TDFA", https://doi.org/10.1016/j.simpa.2020.100027

2.0.2 (2020-08-08)
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

- Enable re2go building by default.

- Package CMake files into release tarball.

2.0.1 (2020-07-29)
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

- Updated version for CMake build system (forgotten in release 2.0).

- Added a short article about re2c for the Software Impacts journal.

2.0 (2020-07-20)
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

- Added new code generation backend for Go and a new ``re2go`` program
  (`#272 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/272>`_: Go support).
  Added option ``--lang <c | go>``.

- Added CMake build system as an alternative to Autotools
  (`#275 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/pull/275>`_:
  Add a CMake build system (thanks to ligfx),
  `#244 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/244>`_: Switching to CMake).

- Changes in generic API:

  + Removed primitives ``YYSTAGPD`` and ``YYMTAGPD``.
  + Added primitives ``YYSHIFT``, ``YYSHIFTSTAG``, ``YYSHIFTMTAG``
    that allow to express fixed tags in terms of generic API.
  + Added configurations ``re2c:api:style`` and ``re2c:api:sigil``.
  + Added named placeholders in interpolated configuration strings.

- Changes in reuse mode (``-r, --reuse`` option):

  + Do not reset API-related configurations in each `use:re2c` block
    (`#291 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/291>`_:
    Defines in rules block are not propagated to use blocks).
  + Use block-local options instead of last block options.
  + Do not accumulate options from rules/reuse blocks in whole-program options.
  + Generate non-overlapping YYFILL labels for reuse blocks.
  + Generate start label for each reuse block in storable state mode.

- Changes in start-conditions mode (``-c, --start-conditions`` option):

  + Allow to use normal (non-conditional) blocks in `-c` mode
    (`#263 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/263>`_:
    allow mixing conditional and non-conditional blocks with -c,
    `#296 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/296>`_:
    Conditions required for all lexers when using '-c' option).
  + Generate condition switch in every re2c block
    (`#295 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/295>`_:
    Condition switch generated for only one lexer per file).

- Changes in the generated labels:

  + Use ``yyeof`` label prefix instead of ``yyeofrule``.
  + Use ``yyfill`` label prefix instead of ``yyFillLabel``.
  + Decouple start label and initial label (affects label numbering).

- Removed undocumented configuration ``re2c🎏o``, ``re2c🎏output``.

- Changes in ``re2c🎏t``, ``re2c🎏type-header`` configuration:
  filename is now relative to the output file directory.

- Added option ``--case-ranges`` and configuration ``re2c🎏case-ranges``.

- Extended fixed tags optimization for the case of fixed-counter repetition.

- Fixed bugs related to EOF rule:

  + `#276 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/276>`_:
    Example 01_fill.re in docs is broken
  + `#280 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/280>`_:
    EOF rules with multiple blocks
  + `#284 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/284>`_:
    mismatched YYBACKUP and YYRESTORE
    (Add missing fallback states with EOF rule)

- Fixed miscellaneous bugs:

  + `#286 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/286>`_:
    Incorrect submatch values with fixed-length trailing context.
  + `#297 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/297>`_:
    configure error on ubuntu 18.04 / cmake 3.10

- Changed bootstrap process (require explicit configuration flags and a path to
  re2c executable to regenerate the lexers).

- Added internal options ``--posix-prectable <naive | complex>``.

- Added debug option ``--dump-dfa-tree``.

- Major revision of the paper "Efficient POSIX submatch extraction on NFA".

----
1.3x
----

1.3 (2019-12-14)
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

- Added option: ``--stadfa``.

- Added warning: ``-Wsentinel-in-midrule``.

- Added generic API primitives:

  + ``YYSTAGPD``
  + ``YYMTAGPD``

- Added configurations:

  + ``re2c:sentinel = 0;``
  + ``re2c:define:YYSTAGPD = "YYSTAGPD";``
  + ``re2c:define:YYMTAGPD = "YYMTAGPD";``

- Worked on reproducible builds
  (`#258 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/pull/258>`_:
  Make the build reproducible).

----
1.2x
----

1.2.1 (2019-08-11)
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

- Fixed bug `#253 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/253>`_:
  re2c should install unicode_categories.re somewhere.

- Fixed bug `#254 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/254>`_:
  Turn off re2c:eof = 0.

1.2 (2019-08-02)
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

- Added EOF rule ``$`` and configuration ``re2c:eof``.

- Added ``/*!include:re2c ... */`` directive and ``-I`` option.

- Added ``/*!header:re2c:on*/`` and ``/*!header:re2c:off*/`` directives.

- Added ``--input-encoding <ascii | utf8>`` option.

  + `#237 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/237>`_:
    Handle non-ASCII encoded characters in regular expressions
  + `#250 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/250>`_
    UTF8 enoding

- Added include file with a list of definitions for Unicode character classes.

  + `#235 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/235>`_:
    Unicode character classes

- Added ``--location-format <gnu | msvc>`` option.

  + `#195 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/195>`_:
    Please consider using Gnu format for error messages

- Added ``--verbose`` option that prints "success" message if re2c exits
  without errors.

- Added configurations for options:

  + ``-o --output`` (specify output file)
  + ``-t --type-header`` (specify header file)

- Removed configurations for internal/debug options.

- Extended ``-r`` option: allow to mix multiple ``/*!rules:re2c*/``,
  ``/*!use:re2c*/`` and ``/*!re2c*/`` blocks.

  + `#55 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/55>`_:
    allow standard re2c blocks in reuse mode

- Fixed ``-F --flex-support`` option: parsing and operator precedence.

  + `#229 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/229>`_:
    re2c option -F (flex syntax) broken
  + `#242 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/242>`_:
    Operator precedence with --flex-syntax is broken

- Changed difference operator ``/`` to apply before encoding expansion of
  operands.

  + `#236 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/236>`_:
    Support range difference with variable-length encodings

- Changed output generation of output file to be atomic.

  + `#245 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/245>`_:
    re2c output is not atomic

- Authored research paper "Efficient POSIX Submatch Extraction on NFA"
  together with Dr Angelo Borsotti.

- Added experimental libre2c library (``--enable-libs`` configure option) with
  the following algorithms:

  + TDFA with leftmost-greedy disambiguation
  + TDFA with POSIX disambiguation (Okui-Suzuki algorithm)
  + TNFA with leftmost-greedy disambiguation
  + TNFA with POSIX disambiguation (Okui-Suzuki algorithm)
  + TNFA with lazy POSIX disambiguation (Okui-Suzuki algorithm)
  + TNFA with POSIX disambiguation (Kuklewicz algorithm)
  + TNFA with POSIX disambiguation (Cox algorithm)

- Added debug subsystem (``--enable-debug`` configure option) and new debug
  options:

  + ``-dump-cfg`` (dump control flow graph of tag variables)
  + ``-dump-interf`` (dump interference table of tag variables)
  + ``-dump-closure-stats`` (dump epsilon-closure statistics)

- Added internal options:

  + ``--posix-closure <gor1 | gtop>`` (switch between shortest-path algorithms
    used for the construction of POSIX closure)

- Fixed a number of crashes found by American Fuzzy Lop fuzzer:

  + `#226 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/226>`_,
    `#227 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/227>`_,
    `#228 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/228>`_,
    `#231 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/231>`_,
    `#232 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/232>`_,
    `#233 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/233>`_,
    `#234 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/234>`_,
    `#238 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/238>`_

- Fixed handling of newlines:

  + correctly parse multi-character newlines CR LF in ``#line`` directives
  + consistently convert all newlines in the generated file to Unix-style LF

- Changed default tarball format from .gz to .xz.

  + `#221 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/221>`_:
    big source tarball

- Fixed a number of other bugs and resolved issues:

  + `#2 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/2>`_: abort
  + `#6 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/6>`_: segfault
  + `#10 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/10>`_:
    lessons/002_upn_calculator/calc_002 doesn't produce a useful example program
  + `#44 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/44>`_:
    Access violation when translating the attached file
  + `#49 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/49>`_:
    wildcard state \000 rules makes lexer behave weard
  + `#98 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/98>`_:
    Transparent handling of #line directives in input files
  + `#104 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/104>`_:
    Improve const-correctness
  + `#105 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/105>`_:
    Conversion of pointer parameters into references
  + `#114 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/114>`_:
    Possibility of fixing bug 2535084
  + `#120 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/120>`_:
    condition consisting of default rule only is ignored
  + `#167 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/167>`_:
    Add word boundary support
  + `#168 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/168>`_:
    Wikipedia's article on re2c
  + `#180 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/180>`_:
    Comment syntax?
  + `#182 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/182>`_:
    yych being set by YYPEEK () and then not used
  + `#196 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/196>`_:
    Implicit type conversion warnings
  + `#198 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/198>`_:
    no match for ‘operator!=’ in ‘i != std::vector<_Tp, _Alloc>::rend() [with _Tp = re2c::bitmap_t, _Alloc = std::allocator<re2c::bitmap_t>]()’
  + `#210 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/210>`_:
    How to build re2c in windows?
  + `#215 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/215>`_:
    A memory read overrun issue in s_to_n32_unsafe.cc
  + `#220 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/220>`_:
    src/dfa/dfa.h: simplify constructor to avoid g++-3.4 bug
  + `#223 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/223>`_:
    Fix typo
  + `#224 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/224>`_:
    src/dfa/closure_posix.cc: pack() tweaks
  + `#225 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/225>`_:
    Documentation link is broken in libre2c/README
  + `#230 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/230>`_:
    Changes for upcoming Travis' infra migration
  + `#239 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/239>`_:
    Push model example has wrong re2c invocation, breaks guide
  + `#241 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/241>`_:
    Guidance on how to use re2c for full-duplex command & response protocol
  + `#243 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/243>`_:
    A code generated for period (.) requires 4 bytes
  + `#246 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/246>`_:
    Please add a license to this repo
  + `#247 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/247>`_:
    Build failure on current Cygwin, probably caused by force-fed c++98 mode
  + `#248 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/248>`_:
    distcheck still looks for README
  + `#251 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/251>`_:
    Including what you use is find, but not without inclusion guards

- Updated documentation and website.
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