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From Cliff Woolley <>
Subject Re: [SUBMIT] mod_gzip 2.0.26a ( Non-debug version )
Date Mon, 17 Sep 2001 05:05:47 GMT
On Mon, 17 Sep 2001 wrote:

> That call to mod_gzip_npp() ( Null Pointer Protection ) that remains
> in the debug code was actually an oversight. I have never actually
> seen the 'r->uri' pointer cause a segfault inside any standard Apache
> module user-exit, hook, or filter callback.

It did up until about two weeks ago, but then that was because r->uri was
set to a completely bogus value (the string "INTERNALLY GENERATED
file-relative req" or something like that), rather than just "".  =-)  I
don't think r->uri can be actually NULL, though (somebody correct me if
I'm wrong).

> If you look at the 'debug' version of mod_gzip.c that was submitted,
> however, you will see that it was quite necessary to have NPP for
> debug mode since there are tons of places where debug is trying to
> print things that might very well be NULL.


> Solaris version started exploding all over the place in DEBUG
> mode just because pointers were NULL so that's when the
> Null Pointer Protection stuff went in.
> The reason it's a function is that it used to do a whole lot of
> other things if/when something showed up as NULL ) that
> weren't apppriate for a macro ( Used to write a complete separate log
> file for things that turned up NULL during request hooks and such ).
> In non-debug mode... it's really all pretty irrelevant.

Okay, that makes sense.  Thanks for the explanation.


   Cliff Woolley
   Charlottesville, VA

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