Elia Pinto <gitter.spi...@gmail.com> writes:

>>  - That "165" thing I mentioned earlier.
> Thank you so much for the comments, that's fine. A single
> consideration for  MALLOC_PERTURB.
> You can use any value between 1..255 for MALLOC_PERTURB_
> That chooses the byte that glibc will use to memset all freed buffers.
> In general it is defined as
>     export MALLOC_PERTURB_=$(($RANDOM % 255 + 1))
> (as drepper pointed out http://udrepper.livejournal.com/11429.html)

Drepper never recommends RANDOM there.

> Using a random value is slightly better than using a fixed one
> in case your fixed value is someday just the right/wrong value to mask
> a problem.

Quite the contrary.  When you use a fixed pattern, it is easy which
other pieces of memory has uninitailized contents.  When you use a
random value, you sometimes get an error and sometimes the test
mysteriously pass, which does not help debugging.

openSUSE folks seem to use a fixed value for this exact reason of
repeatability of tests.


> So OK per the original expression?


I am not convinced 165 is the perfect value, but I am fairly certain
any fixed value is better than using a random to deliberately worsen
repeatability of the tests.
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