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From Sander Temme <>
Subject Re: Shared memory
Date Fri, 24 Nov 2006 16:18:03 GMT

On Nov 24, 2006, at 7:58 AM, Christiaan Lamprecht wrote:

> typedef struct {
>     char* variable1;
>     char* variable2;
> } ASSLFilter;
> apr_shm_create(&assl_shm, sizeof(ASSLFilter) * 20, (const char *)
> shmfilename, pconf);


> Can I make use of shm to extend the memory for each char* in the
> struct? e.g. shm_attach

All you end up having shared are the pointers to your strings. Other  
processes can't see that data those point to, because that lives  
within the process environment of the process that made the initial  

You could make your shared memory segment large enough to hold the  
entire strings (say, char[256] variable1;), but you'll need to be  
careful to avoid buffer overflow issues especially if you fill that  
variable with remote input.

Another approach would be to create a second (and third) shm segment,  
and stash pointers to those in the first record. The child processes  
would check those pointers for NULL, and if they exist, attach to the  
shared segments and use them.

Of course this is kind of inefficient if the data for variable1 and  
variable2 itself is variable in size... makes it almost interesting  
to look at some database structure behind your module that abstracts  
the issues associated with variable size data. Don't we have bdb  
capability now inside the server?


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