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From Graham Dumpleton <>
Subject Re: rational behind not checking the return value of apr_palloc and apr_pcalloc
Date Wed, 01 Sep 2010 10:37:14 GMT
On 1 September 2010 20:15, Graham Leggett <> wrote:
> On 01 Sep 2010, at 6:07 AM, dave b wrote:
>> What is the rational behind not checking the return value of
>> apr_palloc and apr_pcalloc?
> The rationale is to not be forced to check for and handle hundreds of
> potential failure cases when you're probably doomed anyway.
> The APR pools API gives you the apr_pool_abort_set() function, which
> specifies a function to call if the memory allocation fails. In the case of
> httpd, a function is registered which gracefully shuts down that particular
> server process if the allocation fails, and apr_palloc() is in the process
> guaranteed to never return NULL.

Noting that apr_pool_abort_set() is only setup in Apache 2.3 and not
in Apache 2.2.16 or earlier. Not being in 2.X explains why I couldn't
find it before.

Any reason why setting up apr_pool_abort_set() wasn't back ported to Apache 2.2?


> Obviously if you're not using APR from httpd, or if you're writing a library
> that depends on APR, and you haven't set an abort function, NULL will
> potentially be returned and you should check for and handle that case.
> Regards,
> Graham
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