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From Stas Bekman <>
Subject Re: [mp2 patch] APR::Bucket::alloc_ => APR::BucketAlloc
Date Tue, 28 Dec 2004 00:45:50 GMT
Stas Bekman wrote:
> Joe, please take a look. It was actually a trivial fix in tests, since 
> it's used only in one place. So it probably shouldn't affect any users.
> One problem I have is with:
>   APR::Bucket::alloc_destroy moved to APR::BucketAlloc::DESTROY
> So now one doesn't need to call destroy explicitly since DESTROY will be 
> called automatically. Is that a good thing? I think so. The problem that 
> most automatic DESTROY methods in mp2 are not very good. If someone 
> explicitly calls DESTROY and then perl calls DESTROY, it's a certain 
> segfault. That could be fixed, by a wrapper which eats the heart of the 
> object once DESTROY is called replaced with a hole (similar to 
> APR::Pool::DESTROY, but simpler). Do you think we should bother?
> Of course dropping DESTROY methods and replacing those with plan 
> destroy() will avoid this problem, and if a user calls destroy() more 
> than once, is it their fault that they get a segfault? it certainly is, 
> but it's nice to  not to have perl code segfault no matter what. So I'm 
> in favor of keeping DESTROY, but ensuring that those don't segfault if 
> called more than once on the same object.

One thing I didn't take into an account:

   my $ba   = $r->connection->bucket_alloc;

now will be autodestroyed via DESTROY, which ensures yet another segfault, 
since that $ba must not be destroyed by user code. Of course we may need 
the same thing as we did with APR::Pool to distinguish native from custom 
pools in DESTROY, but I tend to go on the lazy side and just add 


Looking at the whole mp2 API, it'd be nice to be consistent. At the moment 
we have:

                DESTROY  destroy
APR::Brigade:      -        +
APR::Bucket:       -        +
APR::Pool:         +        +
Apache::SubRequest +        -
APR::UUID          +        -
APR::ThreadMutex   +        -
APR::BucketAlloc   ?        ?

So should APR::Brigade and APR::Bucket have DESTROY method added?

If so should destroy() be removed or left as an alias? (probably not a 
good idea, as it'll break people's code).

Should those classes that have only DESTROY have destroy() added as an alias?

Stas Bekman            JAm_pH ------> Just Another mod_perl Hacker     mod_perl Guide --->

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