I'll withdraw this particular patch and resubmit later on.

(Sorry for the individual reply Tom, I hit the wrong keys before noticing)


On Thu, 18 Sep 2003, Nigel J. Andrews wrote:

> On Thu, 18 Sep 2003, Tom Lane wrote:
> > "Nigel J. Andrews" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes:
> > > On a matter of style, it's been a while since I've seriously considered cross
> > > platform C. Is it the done thing to expect:
> > >  int *i = (int *)calloc(1,sizeof(int));
> > > to give the condition *i == 0 (assuming the memory allocation worked)?
> > 
> > calloc is defined to zero out the block of memory it returns (as opposed
> > to malloc which may return a block containing any random junk).
> I was thinking more of any odd cpu that might be around which, for some strange
> reason, doesn't read, for example 32 bits of zero as an integer of zero.
> Obviously it's probably taking paranoid programming to an extreme and in the
> real world probably not worth worrying about but there's always a chance.
> > 
> > A more serious question is whether any of this code should be using
> > calloc/malloc as opposed to palloc.  I'd prefer to see it rewritten to
> > use palloc wherever possible; but that begs the question of what the
> > required lifespan of the allocations is.
> I wasn't sure of the life time needed and in the interests of not making
> changes that broke a workign arrangment I left it not using palloc.
> > 
> > + #ifndef NULL
> > + #define NULL ((void *)0)
> > + #endif
> > 
> > It has been roughly twenty years since a C platform existed that didn't
> > predefine NULL ... and the ones that did not would likely not recognize
> > the ANSI-C-ism "void *".  So the above is unhelpful by any measure.
> Fair point. I didn't include postgres.h on purpose, again to avoid introducing
> new things that broke an existing working arrangement. Obviously I didn't pay
> too much attention to the portability of what I did put in.
> I'll take another look at this tonight, along with the formating style used,
> which I see has been made more normal looking in cvs head.

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