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Hi everybody,

I have a need for a ring buffer (In C language)

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Hi everybody,

I have a need for a ring buffer (In C language) which can hold objects of any type at the run time (almost the data will be different signal's values like current (100ms and 10ms) and temperature.etc) ( I am not sure if it have to be a fixed size or not) and it needs to be very high performance. although it's in a multi-tasking embedded environment.

Actually i need this buffer as a back up, which mean the embedded software will work as normal and save the data into the ring buffer, so far for any reason and when an error occurred, then i could have like a reference for the measured values then i will be able to have a look on them and determine the problem. Also i need to make a time stamp on the ring buffer, which mean every data (Signal value) is stored on the ring buffer will stored with the measurement's time.

Any code or ideas would be greatly appreciated. some of the operations required are:

create a ring buffer with specific size. Link it with the whole software. put at the tail. get from the head. at error, read the data and when its happen (time stamp). return the count. overwrite when the buffer is being full.
Updated 17-Aug-18 2:31am
Rick York 16-Aug-18 12:55pm    
Have you tried searching for the phrase "ring buffer" both here and at google? There are lots and lots of results found, and a fair number here too.

It doesn't quite work like that.
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I have a need for a ring buffer (In C language) which can hold objects of any type at the run time

It may be difficult since C is strongly typed and is not object.
You need to refine you requirement.
If I understand, you want a buffer to log last n entries to be able to reread entries after error.
Circular buffer - Wikipedia[^]

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Create a structure to be stored in the ring buffer:
typedef struct rbuf_data 
    time_t timestamp; /* or any other time type */
    int data_type; /* defines the type of data (and so also it's length) */
    void *data; /* with variable data size */
    /*char data[MAX_DATA_SIZE];*/ /* with fixed or limited data size */
rbuf_data rbuf[RBUF_SIZE];

When having data with variable size, the data must be allocated using malloc() before passing to the put function and freed when overwriting upon buffer overuns.

Otherwise copy the data using memcpy() with the corresponding size when adding new data.
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