Am 4/16/2013 4:50, schrieb Jeff King:
> On Mon, Apr 15, 2013 at 07:34:07PM -0700, Brandon Casey wrote:
>>> Right. My assumption was that we are primarily interested in protecting
>>> against the die_routine. Compat functions should never be calling die.
>> I think the rule we have been enforcing is less strict than that.  We
>> have only said that any compat function in a die handler path should
>> never call die.  But maybe that's what you meant.
> No, I assumed we were following the stronger rule. If you are a compat
> function for a C library function, then you should never need to die.
> You should be conforming to the existing interface, which will have some
> mechanism for passing back an error.

This rule has been violated LOOOONG ago, and not only in compat/mingw.c
(see xmalloc in compat/qsort.c, for example).

>> The primary motivation was that Hannes Sixt had to step in and point
>> out yet again that the high-level memory allocators should not be
>> called in anything that could be in a die handler code path.  I was on
>> the thread, but I don't remember the topic (ah, Jonathan has stepped
>> in with the answer).  I do remember that I was not the only one who
>> had forgotten about that rule though.
> Yeah, it is subtle enough that it may be worth protecting against.

Too late.

>> To implement this check correctly/completely (i.e. detect recursion in
>> the main thread as well as in any child threads), I think you really
>> do need to use thread-local storage as you mentioned in 3/3 which
>> could look something like:
>>    static pthread_key_t dying;
>>    static pthread_once_t dying_once = PTHREAD_ONCE_INIT;
>>    void setup_die_counter(void)
>>    {
>>            pthread_key_create(&dying, NULL);
>>    }
>>    check_die_recursion(void)
>>    {
>>            pthread_once(&dying_once, setup_die_counter);
>>            if (pthread(getspecific(dying)) {
>>                    puts("BUG: recursion...");
>>                    exit(128);
>>            }
>>            pthread_setspecific(dying, &dying);
>>    }
> Yeah, that seems sane; my biggest worry was that it would create
> headaches for Windows folks, who would have to emulate pthread_key. But
> it seems like we already added support in 9ba604a.

pthread_key is not a problem, but pthread_once is. It's certainly
solvable, but do we really have to?

-- Hannes
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