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From Nick Kew <>
Subject Re: A question about cross request memory/pool usage
Date Fri, 20 Feb 2009 07:42:07 GMT

On 20 Feb 2009, at 03:14, Weiming Yin wrote:

> Hi

[answering here, but in future please post questions like this to the
modules dev list]

> I am writing an Apache module, I wanna setup some configure  
> variable in the module via a http request. The variable saved into  
> a apr_hash_t in my own module configure. But in the next request  
> (the fixup handler), the one with saved into the apr_hash_t is  
> disappeared. I don't know why, is the memory pool usage issue?

Most likely your requests are running in different processes, though  
you don't
give enough information to be certain.

> ...
> var_t *var = apr_palloc(r->pool, sizeof(var_t));
> apr_hash_set(cfg->var_hash, var->key, APR_HASH_KEY_STRING, var);

That's problematic for several reasons.   r->pool doesn't have the  
lifetime you want.
The server pool does, but allocating from it in a request is a memory  
leak and not
thread-safe.  Likewise setting cfg->hash there is not thread-safe.

Would this be a good time to mention that my book has a Chinese  

Nick Kew

Application Development with Apache - the Apache Modules Book

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