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From "David Hill" <>
Subject Re: alloca() issue on tru64
Date Mon, 09 Sep 2002 21:05:27 GMT

----- Original Message -----
From: "Brian Pane" <>
To: <>
Sent: Monday, September 09, 2002 3:02 PM
Subject: Re: alloca() issue on tru64

> Dave Hill wrote:
> >Hi all,
> > While digging into that mysterious hang of Apache 2 on Tru64,
> >I found that it seemed to be hanging under apr_poll in alloca()
> >While I found that the problem seems to go away when not using a
> >prerelease version of the OS, it did bring something to my attention.
> >
> >According to "Those Who Know", in a threaded environment on Tru64, we
> >should be including alloca.h which causes the alloca() function to
> >become a builtin (which They say is the one true way of avoiding
> >threaded issues). This affects one (yes 1) file in the pool,
> >srclib/apr/poll/unix/poll.c. Attached is a suggested change to include
> >alloca.h if HAVE_ALLOCA is set. If my assumption is wrong that alloca
> >is a universal include file (for machines that have alloca), then this
> >could be restricted to Tru64, or maybe another conditional in
> >configure :-p
> >
> I like the idea of restricting the change to Tru64 for now, just
> to eliminate the possibility of breaking something unexpected on
> some other system this close to the 2.0.41 launch.  Is there a
> standard preprocessor macro that compilers on Tru64 define, so
> that we can do something like "#if HAVE_ALLOCA && __TRU64__"?

For Tru64, the compiler defines two things, __alpha and __osf__ , either can
be used, the __osf__ tends to be used more.

#if  HAVE_ALLOCA && defined(__osf__)

    Dave Hill

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