Re: [PATCH nft 3/3,v2] netlink_linearize: skip set element expression in map statement key

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On Wed, Sep 27, 2023 at 04:41:18PM +0200, Phil Sutter wrote:
> On Wed, Sep 27, 2023 at 03:09:53PM +0200, Phil Sutter wrote:
> > On Wed, Sep 27, 2023 at 01:19:31PM +0200, Pablo Neira Ayuso wrote:
> > > Hi Phil,
> > > 
> > > On Wed, Sep 27, 2023 at 01:10:09PM +0200, Phil Sutter wrote:
> > > > I actually considered forking the project. Or we just ship a copy of the
> > > > lib with nftables sources?
> > > 
> > > I would try to get back to them to refresh and retry.
> > 
> > Oh well. I'll try an approach which eliminates the pointer if not
> > enabled. The terse feedback and pessimistic replies right from the start
> > convinced me though they just don't want it.
> OK, so I had a close look at the code and played a bit with pahole. My
> approach to avoiding the extra pointer is to add another set of types
> which json_t embed. So taking json_array_t as an example:
> | typedef struct {
> |     json_t json;
> |     size_t size;
> |     size_t entries;
> |     json_t **table;
> | } json_array_t;
> I could introduce json_location_array_t:
> | typedef struct {
> |     json_array_t array;
> |     json_location_t *location;
> | } json_location_array_t;
> The above structs are opaque to users, they only know about json_t.

OK, so this new object type is hiding behind the json_t opaque type.

> So I introduced a getter for the location data:
> | int json_get_location(json_t *json, int *line, int *column,
> |                       int *position, int *length);
> In there, I have to map from json_t to the type in question. The problem
> is to know whether I have a json_location_array_t or just a
> json_array_t. The json_t may have been allocated by the input parser
> with either JSON_STORE_LOCATION set or not or by json_array().
> In order to make the decision, I need at least a bit in well-known
> memory. Pahole tells there's a 4byte hole in json_t, but it may be
> gone in 32bit builds (and enlarging json_t is a no-go, they consider
> it ABI). The json_*_t structures don't show any holes, and extending
> them means adding a mandatory word due to buffering, so I may just
> as well store the location pointer itself in them.
> The only feasible alternative is to store location data separate from
> the objects themselves, ideally in a hash table. This reduces the
> overhead if not used by a failing hash table lookup in json_delete().

If I understood correctly, then this means you are ditching the
json_location_array_t approach that you are detailing above.

The hashtable approach might be sensible to follow, and such approach
does not require any update to libjansson?

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