Alvaro Herrera <> writes:

> Robbie Harwood wrote:
>> Michael Paquier <> writes:
>> > On Tue, Apr 5, 2016 at 9:06 AM, Robbie Harwood <> wrote:
>> >> Here's v12, both here and on my github:
>> >>
>> > So you are saving everything in the top memory context. I am fine to
>> > give the last word to a committer here but I would just go with
>> > calloc/free to simplify those hunks.
>> Yeah, it's definitely worth thinking/talking about; this came up in IRC
>> discussion as well.
>> If we go the memory context route, it has to be TopMemoryContext since
>> nothing else lives long enough (i.e., entire connection).
> [...]
>> It turns out that's not actually required, but could easily be made
>> explicit here.  According to the README for the memory context system,
>> pfree() and repalloc() do not require setting CurrentMemoryContext
>> (since 7.1).
> It seems to me that the right solution for this is to create a new
> memory context which is a direct child of TopMemoryContext, so that
> palloc can be used, and so that it can be reset separately, and that it
> doesn't suffer from resets of other contexts.  (I think Michael's point
> is that if those chunks were it a context of their own, you wouldn't
> need the pfrees but a MemCxtReset would be enough.)

Hmm, that's also an option.  I read Michael's point as arguing for
calloc()/free() rather than a new context, but I could be wrong.

A question, though: it it valuable for the context to be reset()able
separately?  If there were more than just these two buffers going into
it, I could see it being convenient - especially if it were for
different encryption types, for instance - but it seems like it would be

This is all new to me so I may be entirely mistaken though.

>> Side note: it's really irritating to work with having this file under
>> version control because of how different it ends up being when I
>> autoreconf (which I need to do because I'm changing the build system).
>> (I'm also idly curious what system/autotools version is generating this
>> file because it doesn't match any that I tried.)
> We use stock autoconf from the GNU package and it definitely produces
> matching output for me.  Maybe your Linux distro includes a patched
> version?  I know Debian does, but I suppose you're using some Redhat
> thing, so no idea.

Hmm, that explains the Debian behavior I was seeing (it does the
above).  The Fedora one adds a couple blank lines in places but it's
much less... gratuitous... in its changes.

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