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From Steve Hay <>
Subject Re: [PATCH] Re: What Perl configuration is required for mp2 on Win32?
Date Thu, 03 Feb 2005 09:25:44 GMT
Stas Bekman wrote:

>Steve Hay wrote:
>>After further investigation, I've realised that actually Philippe's 
>>patch DOES fix the problem.
>>So could somebody please apply the attached patch.  (This version 
>>updates PERL_SYS_INIT() to PERL_SYS_INIT3() as per perlembed, and fixes 
>>an "Illegal indirection" error which simply calling PERL_SYS_INIT3(0, 
>>NULL, NULL) produces.)
>>Index: src/modules/perl/mod_perl.c
>>--- src/modules/perl/mod_perl.c	(revision 149511)
>>+++ src/modules/perl/mod_perl.c	(working copy)
>>@@ -542,11 +542,14 @@
>>  */
>> static apr_status_t modperl_sys_init(void)
>> {
>>+    int argc = 0;
>>+    char **argv = NULL, env = NULL;
>>     MP_TRACE_i(MP_FUNC, "mod_perl sys init\n");
>>+    PERL_SYS_INIT3(&argc, &argv, &env);
>As on unix the above macro expands to something that doesn't use either of 
>these 3 arguments we get:
>mod_perl.c: In function `modperl_sys_init':
>mod_perl.c:545: warning: unused variable `argc'
>mod_perl.c:546: warning: unused variable `argv'
>mod_perl.c:546: warning: unused variable `env'
Damn.  Didn't think of that.

>Please try this patch instead:
>Index: src/modules/perl/mod_perl.c
>--- src/modules/perl/mod_perl.c	(revision 151089)
>+++ src/modules/perl/mod_perl.c	(working copy)
>@@ -544,9 +544,9 @@
>  {
>      MP_TRACE_i(MP_FUNC, "mod_perl sys init\n");
>-#if 0 /*XXX*/
No -- as I said in my last mail (quoted above) that gives an "Illegal 
indirection" error, which is why I was moved to supply some variables 

The full error text is this:

mod_perl.c(547) : error C2100: illegal indirection
mod_perl.c(547) : error C2100: illegal indirection
NMAKE : fatal error U1077: 'cl' : return code '0x2'
NMAKE : fatal error U1077: 'cd' : return code '0x2'

The MSDN docs describe compiler error "C2100: illegal indirection" as 

    "The indirection operator (*) was applied to a nonpointer value."

The reason is that on Win32 PERL_SYS_INIT3(a,b,c) is


so it's the *a and *b in the MALLOC_CHECK_TAINT2() call which it's 
whining about in the case where a and b were non-pointers.  So the 
obvious fix seemed to be:

    PERL_SYS_INIT3((int *)NULL, (char ***)NULL, (char ***)NULL);

This compiles cleanly, but then crashes on startup because now it's 
trying to resolve the NULL pointer values!

Explicitly calling

    MALLOC_CHECK_TAINT2(0, (char **)NULL);
    Perl_win32_init((int *)0, (char ***)NULL);

works (both compiling and running), but that's cheating (and also won't 
work on Linux ;)

Any other ideas?  If not then can you live with the warnings about 
unused variables?  That's at least better than the situation for me 
without a PERL_SYS_INIT3() call at all ;)

- Steve

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