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A resizable, mutable array type implemented on top of mmap, providing persistence for arrays of data in memory

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persistence – mutable resizable arrays built on top of mmap

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This Rust library provides MmapedVec; a resizable, mutable array type implemented on top of mmap(), providing a Vec-like data structure with persistence to disk built into it.

MmapedVec is aimed at developers who wish to write software utilizing data-oriented design techniques in run-time environments where all of the following hold true:

  1. You have determined that a Vec-like data structure is appropriate for some or all of your data, and
  2. You require that the data in question be persisted to disk, and
  3. You require that the data in question be synced to disk at certain times or intervals, after said data has been mutated (added to, deleted from, or altered), such that abnormal termination of your program (e.g. program crash, loss of power, etc.) incurs minimal loss of data, and
  4. You are confident that all processes which rely on the data on disk honor the advisory locks that we apply to them, so that the integrity of the data is ensured, and
  5. You desire, or at least are fine with, having the on-disk representation of your data be the same as that which it has in memory, and understand that this means that the files are tied to the CPU architecture of the host that they were saved to disk on. If you need to migrate your data to another computer with a different CPU architecture in the future, you convert it then, rather than serializing and deserializing your data between some other format and the in-memory representation all of the time.

Advisory locks

This library makes use of BSD flock() advisory locks on Unix platforms (Linux, macOS, FreeBSD, etc).

Provided that your software runs in an environment where any process that attempts to open the files you are persisting your data to honor the advisory locks, everything will be fine and dandy :)

Learn more and get started

Read the docs to learn more about what this library is for and how you use it.

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