simple bytestring handling
David Gibson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
This code handles manipulation of "bytestrings" represented as a structure containing a pointer and length. Bytestrings are not NUL-terminated, and may include internal \0 characters. The main use case is for referencing sub-sections of a large data buffer without the inconvenience of manually passing (and returning) both pointer and length all the time.
Because of this use case, the bytestrings are treated as having immutable contents (we use a const char pointer). The caller code is responsible for ensuring that the lifetime of the data referenced by the bytestrings is long enough not to leave bytestring structures with a dangling pointer.
const char buf = "ABCDEFGH"; struct bytestring abcd = BYTESTRING("ABCD"); assert(bytestring_eq(bytestring(buf, 4), abcd));
LGPL (v2.1 or any later version)