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From "Chris Darroch (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Created: (ZOOKEEPER-311) handle small path lengths in zoo_create()
Date Thu, 12 Feb 2009 20:05:02 GMT
handle small path lengths in zoo_create()

                 Key: ZOOKEEPER-311
                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/ZOOKEEPER-311
             Project: Zookeeper
          Issue Type: Improvement
          Components: c client
    Affects Versions: 3.0.1, 3.0.0, 3.1.0
            Reporter: Chris Darroch
            Priority: Minor
             Fix For: 4.0.0
         Attachments: zookeeper.c.patch

The synchronous completion for zoo_create() contains the following code:

if (sc->u.str.str_len > strlen(res.path)) {
    len = strlen(res.path);
} else {
    len = sc->u.str.str_len-1;
if (len > 0) {
    memcpy(sc->u.str.str, res.path, len);
    sc->u.str.str[len] = '\0';

In the case where the max_realpath_len argument to zoo_create() is 0, none of this code executes,
which is OK.  In the case where max_realpath_len is 1, a user might expect their buffer to
be filled with a null terminator, but again, nothing will happen (even if strlen(res.path)
is 0, which is unlikely since new node's will have paths longer than "/").

The name of the argument to zoo_create() is also a little misleading, as is its description
("the maximum length of real path you would want") in zookeeper.h, and the example usage in
the Programmer's Guide:

int rc = zoo_create(zh,"/xyz","value", 5, &CREATE_ONLY, ZOO_EPHEMERAL, buffer, sizeof(buffer)-1);

In fact this value should be the actual length of the buffer, including space for the null
terminator.  If the user supplies a max_realpath_len of 10 and a buffer of 11 bytes, and strlen(res.path)
is 10, the code will truncate the returned value to 9 bytes and put the null terminator in
the second-last byte, leaving the final byte of the buffer unused.

It would be better, I think, to rename the realpath and max_realpath_len arguments to something
like path_buffer and path_buffer_len, akin to zoo_set().  The path_buffer_len would be treated
as the full length of the buffer (as the code does now, in fact, but the docs suggest otherwise).

The code in the synchronous completion could then be changed as per the attached patch.

Since this would change, slightly, the behaviour or "contract" of the API, I would be inclined
to suggest waiting until 4.0.0 to implement this change.

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