Extensible string buffers based on Bigstrings.

This module implements string buffers that automatically expand as necessary. It provides accumulative concatenation of strings in quasi-linear time (instead of quadratic time when strings are concatenated pairwise).

This implementation uses Bigstrings instead of strings. This removes the 16MB limit on buffer size, and improves I/O-performance when reading/writing from/to channels.

type t
val create : int -> t
create n returns a fresh buffer, initially empty. The n parameter is the initial size of the internal string that holds the buffer contents. That string is automatically reallocated when more than n characters are stored in the buffer, but shrinks back to n characters when reset is called. For best performance, n should be of the same order of magnitude as the number of characters that are expected to be stored in the buffer (for instance, 80 for a buffer that holds one output line). Nothing bad will happen if the buffer grows beyond that limit, however. In doubt, take n = 16 for instance.
val contents : t -> string
Return a copy of the current contents of the buffer. The buffer itself is unchanged.
val big_contents : t -> Bigstring.t
Return a copy of the current contents of the buffer as a bigstring. The buffer itself is unchanged.
val volatile_contents : t -> Bigstring.t
Return the actual underlying bigstring used by this bigbuffer. No copying is involved. To be safe, use and finish with the returned value before calling any other function in this module on the same Bigbuffer.t.
include Blit.S_distinct with type src := t with type dst := string
blit ~src ~src_pos ~dst ~dst_pos ~len copies len characters from the current contents of the buffer src, starting at offset src_pos to string dst, starting at character dst_pos.

Raise Invalid_argument if src_pos and len do not designate a valid substring of src, or if dst_pos and len do not designate a valid substring of dst.

val nth : t -> int -> char
get the (zero-based) n-th character of the buffer. Raise Invalid_argument if index out of bounds
val length : t -> int
Return the number of characters currently contained in the buffer.
val clear : t -> unit
Empty the buffer.
val reset : t -> unit
Empty the buffer and deallocate the internal string holding the buffer contents, replacing it with the initial internal string of length n that was allocated by Bigbuffer.create n. For long-lived buffers that may have grown a lot, reset allows faster reclamation of the space used by the buffer.
val add_char : t -> char -> unit
add_char b c appends the character c at the end of the buffer b.
val add_string : t -> string -> unit
add_string b s appends the string s at the end of the buffer b.
val add_substring : t -> string -> int -> int -> unit
add_substring b s ofs len takes len characters from offset ofs in string s and appends them at the end of the buffer b.
val add_substitute : t -> (string -> string) -> string -> unit
add_substitute b f s appends the string pattern s at the end of the buffer b with substitution. The substitution process looks for variables into the pattern and substitutes each variable name by its value, as obtained by applying the mapping f to the variable name. Inside the string pattern, a variable name immediately follows a non-escaped $ character and is one of the following:
  • a non empty sequence of alphanumeric or _ characters,
  • an arbitrary sequence of characters enclosed by a pair of matching parentheses or curly brackets. An escaped $ character is a $ that immediately follows a backslash character; it then stands for a plain $. Raise Not_found if the closing character of a parenthesized variable cannot be found.
val add_buffer : t -> t -> unit
add_buffer b1 b2 appends the current contents of buffer b2 at the end of buffer b1. b2 is not modified.
NOTE: additions
module Format : sig .. end
val formatter_of_buffer : t -> Format.formatter
val bprintf : t -> ('a, Format.formatter, unit) format -> 'a
module Printf : sig .. end
val bprintf : t -> ('a, unit, string, unit) format4 -> 'a
val __internal : t -> Bigbuffer_internal.t
val sexp_of_t : t -> Sexplib.Sexp.t
The abstract type of buffers.