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yoshimitsu



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yoshimitsu
Hi again,
I wanted to write a macro which parses a relatively big file, takes data out of it and writes it into the output file.
The file, which contains an offset to a string array, the amount of strings and another offset to an array with properties regarding the strings, should be loaded via virtual and then its strings should be extracted to write them into the actual output file.

Something like this:
Code:
macro x
{
  virtual
    file 'x.bin'
    load len dword from $
    load off1 dword from $+4
    load off2 dword from $+8
    repeat len
      load xyz from off1+%
      load abc from off2+%
      load def from off2+%+4
      ;do other stuff and then also write stuff into exe
    end repeat
  end virtual
}    


So is there any way to write data which doesn't get dropped in a virtual-directive?

The file is like 5mb and having the virtual inside a loop to load and calculate the offsets over and over again doesn't sound very convincing:

Code:
macro x
{
  while running
    virtual
      ;calculate offset of next element and stuff every iteration
      load data from xxx
    end virtual
    db data
  end while

}    
Post 17 Feb 2012, 04:24
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revolution
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revolution
yoshimitsu wrote:
So is there any way to write data which doesn't get dropped in a virtual-directive?
You can load up variables with data and place them back later:
Code:
virtual
  file ...
  load var1 dword ...
  load var2 dword ...
end virtual
  dd var1,var2    
Indeed that is really the purpose of virtual, to assign values to labels. You seem to want to use it for file processing, which is not really the intended purpose. Perhaps you should consider writing an external program to parse your data file?
Post 17 Feb 2012, 04:33
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yoshimitsu



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yoshimitsu
That's what the task is like :P
I'm trying to write an external program as a FASM macro.

Thing is I want to process a string array, not a fixed number of values.
So I would need to work with an indeterminate amount of labels and I can't really think of a way getting this to work.

I thought of something like an equ-array like the append-macro from the documentation, but that would mix assembler and preprocessor stage, wouldn't it?
Post 17 Feb 2012, 04:45
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revolution
For an array of EQUs you would need to know ahead of time (before the file directive is executed) how many labels to allocate. Assembler always runs after the preprocessor so you can't back-port the label count into the preprocessor. The only possible way is to allocate the expected maximum number of labels and monitor inside the loop if you ever exceed this value. Not a nice solution no matter how you do it, but it could work.
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