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Allowing for replacing the history backing store?


There's a project I've been thinking about for a long while which is to make a new shell history system using Postgres, allowing for keeping better metadata such as working directory among other things with the history and eliminating the need to use a traditional history file. I want to implement it as a native-code ZSH module (maintained out of tree), ideally.

From poking around the zsh codebase briefly, it seems like there is not really currently a way to do that as the history functions are built into zsh itself rather than a module.

Before I write a patch, I want to run it past you to see if it's reasonable and there's not an easier way to do it otherwise.

I was thinking of putting pointers to all the history functions that one might need to change out to implement a new back end in a structure and have a pointer to it so you can change it out for your own set (that may do something else to fulfil the request such as poke a database or something else), then replace all the functions with indirections, e.g.:

struct histfuncs {
	char *(*hgetline)(void);
	// ...

mod_export struct histfuncs default_histfuncs = {
	.hgetline = default_hgetline,
	// ...

mod_export struct histfuncs *histfuncs = &default_histfuncs;

char *
	return histfuncs->hgetline();

If I implemented this approach, would such a patch be taken?


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