## SRFI-66: Octet Vectors

### Abstract

This SRFI defines a set of procedures for creating, accessing, and manipulating uniform vectors of octets.

For more information see: SRFI-66: Octet Vectors

### Rationale

A number of applications deal with sequences of octets (often called bytes), most prominently interfaces to C and I/O. Vectors are typically too space-costly and too slow to work well in these circumstance. This justifies having a separate type for octet vectors.

This SRFI is related to SRFI 4 (Homogeneous numeric vector datatypes), which also provides vectors of octets, and uses names consistent with it. However, the extension described here does not require any extensions to the syntax of the underlying Scheme system, and provides a slightly richer set of primtives.

Scheme systems implementing both SRFI 4 and this SRFI should use the same type for `u8vector` and octet vectors as specified here.

### Specification

Octet vectors are objects of a new type. This type may or may not be disjoint from the type of regular vectors. Its elements must be octets, that is, exact integers in the range `[0,255]`.

As with vectors, the length of a octet vector is the number of elements it contains. This number is fixed. A valid index into a octet vector is an exact, non-negative integer. The first element of a octet vector has index 0, the last element has an index one less than the length of the vector.

`(u8vector? {{obj}})`procedureReturns

`#t`if`obj`is an octect vector, otherwise returns`#f`. Analogous to vector?.

`make-u8vector``k``fill`procedureReturns a newly allocated octet vector of

`k`elements. Each element is initialized to fill. Fill must be an octet. Analogous to make-vector.

`u8vector``octet``...`procedureReturns a newly allocated octet vector whose elements contain the given arguments, which must all be octets. Analogous to vector.

`u8vector->list``u8vector`procedure

`list->u8vector``octets`procedure`u8vector->list`returns a newly allocated list of the elements of`u8vector`in the same order.Analogous to`vector->list`.`list->u8vector`returns a newly allocated octet vector whose elements are the elements of list octets, which must all be octets. Analogous to`list->vector`.

`u8vector-length``u8vector`procedureReturns the number of elements in

`u8vector`as an exact integer. Analogous to`vector-length`.

`u8vector-ref``u8vector``k`procedurek must be a valid index of

`u8vector`.`u8vector-ref`returns the contents of element`k`of`u8vector`. Analogous to`vector-ref`.

`u8vector-set!``u8vector``k``octet`procedurek must be a valid index of

`u8vector`. u8vector-set! stores octet in element`k`of`u8vector`. The number of return values and the return values are unspecified. However, the number of return values is such that it is accepted by a continuation created by begin. Analogous to vector-set!.

`u8vector=?``u8vector-1``u8vector-2`procedureReturns

`#t`if`u8vector-1`and`u8vector-2`are equal---that is, if they have the same length and equal elements at all valid indices.

`u8vector-compare``u8vector-1``u8vector-2`procedureCompares

`u8vector-1`and`u8vector-2`and returns a value consistent with the vector ordering specified in SRFI 67, i.e. -1 if`u8vector-1`is smaller than`u8vector-2`, 0 if they are equal, and 1 if`u8vector-1`is greater than`u8vector-2`. Shorter vectors are always smaller than longer ones, and vectors of equal length are compared lexicographically.

`u8vector-copy!``source``source-start``target``target-start``n`procedureCopies data from octet vector

`source`to octet vector`target`.`Source-start`,`target-start`, and`n`must be non-negative exact integers that satisfy- 0 <= source-start <= source-start + n <= (u8vector-length source)
- 0 <= target-start <= target-start + n <= (u8vector-length target)

This copies the octets from

`source`at indices`[source-start, source-start + n)`to consecutive indices in`target`starting at target-index.This must work even if the memory regions for the

`source`and the`target`overlap, i.e., the octets at the target location after the copy must be equal to the octets at the source location before the copy.The number of return values and the return values are unspecified. However, the number of return values is such that it is accepted by a continuation created by begin. Analogous to

`vector-ref`.

`u8vector-copy``u8vector`procedureReturns a newly allocated copy of octet vector

`u8vector`.

### References

- SRFI 4 (Homogeneous numeric vector datatypes)
- The "Byte Vectors" section of The Incomplete Scheme 48 Reference Manual available from this page.

### Authors

- Michael Sperber
- Ported to Chicken Scheme 5 by Sergey Goldgaber

### Copyright

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### Version history

- 0.1 - Ported to Chicken Scheme 5, directly from the reference implementation