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From Greg Stein <gst...@lyra.org>
Subject Re: cvs commit: apr/include apr_general.h
Date Tue, 02 Jan 2001 02:29:06 GMT
On Mon, Jan 01, 2001 at 05:49:12PM -0800, rbb@covalent.net wrote:
> > >   Log:
> > >   Add an APR_GET_POOL macro to get a pool from any APR type that has
> > >   a pool.  This requires that ALL apr types put the pool as the first
> > >   field in their structure.
> > 
> > Euh... this is dangerous as hell. Why do we need this?
> A) why is this dangerous at all?

Casting a pointer to something else, and then presuming that a pool is at
the beginning of the structure, is just plain dangerous. The whole point of
being incomplete is to hide their organization; that assumption shouldn't be

> We do stuff like this all the time in
> Apache.  Whenever we get the pool from the request_rec, we are basically
> doing the same thing.

No. We just do r->pool. 

> The only difference is that we are getting it from
> an incomplete type.

And that is the whole problem. It is incomplete -- the caller can't possibly
know the pool is at the start of the structure.

> b) we need this so that we don't leak memory like a sieve.  I committed a
> use of this to the buckets code a few minutes ago.

Then write apr_file_get_pool(). Not a cast and an assumption.


Greg Stein, http://www.lyra.org/

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