(Redirecting to Hackers, since Novice is not the correct place for this

On 13 March 2017 at 14:22, Neha Khatri <nehakhat...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi,
> I was debugging that when does the function _copyVar get invoked, and the
> first hit for that was in the add_vars_to_targetlist. There I happened to
> see the following comment:
> /* XXX is copyObject necessary here? */
> Further digging showed that this copyObject got added in the commit
> 5efe3121:
> +       /* XXX is copyObject necessary here? */
> + rel->targetlist = lappend(rel->targetlist,
> +                           create_tl_element((Var *) copyObject(var),
> +                                             length(rel->targetlist) +
> 1));
> This copyObject still exits in the current code. So I was wondering if the
> comment question still holds good and why the question there in first place.
> To make a new Var object, copyObject seem to be the right choice, then why
> the doubt?

The doubt is in the fact if copyObject() is required at all. The other
option being to simply reference the same object without having made a copy.

The danger of not making a copy would be that any changes made would
naturally affect all things which reference the object. It would seem the
comment and the copyObject() are still there because nobody is satisfied
that it's not required enough to go and remove it, that weighted against
the fact that removing likely wouldn't buy that much performance wise is
likely the reason it's still there.

Probably if someone came up with a realistic enough case to prove that it
was worth removing, then someone might take some time to go and check if it
was safe to remove. There's a good chance that it'll not happen until then,
giving that nobody's bothered in almost 18 years.

 David Rowley                   http://www.2ndQuadrant.com/
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