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Andrew Stitcher commented on PROTON-687:
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I think the problem here is that the python Delivery holds a pointer to the C 
pn_delivery. In that sort of case the Python object is supposed to own the C 
object, and there is not supposed to be any way for the object to be deleted 
before the Python object deletes it.

However here the delivery is also on the settled/unsettled list and this will 
delete the underlying delivery when it is no longer referred to.

So a fix seems possible on the python side:
diff --git a/proton-c/bindings/python/proton.py b/proton-c/bindings/python/proto
index ee3701c..f9d1d0f 100644
--- a/proton-c/bindings/python/proton.py
+++ b/proton-c/bindings/python/proton.py
@@ -2890,6 +2890,7 @@ class Delivery(object):
     return wrapper
 
   def __init__(self, dlv):
+    pn_object_incref(dlv)
     self._dlv = dlv
     pn_delivery_set_context(self._dlv, pn_py2void(self))
     self.local = Disposition(pn_delivery_local(self._dlv), True)
@@ -2898,6 +2899,7 @@ class Delivery(object):
 
   def __del__(self):
     pn_delivery_set_context(self._dlv, pn_py2void(None))
+    pn_object_decref(self._dlv)
 
   def _release(self):
     """Release the underlying C Engine resource."""

This fix also makes the same delivery event test fail as Ken's suggested fix 
above, h=which makes me think the test might be too dependent on the order of 
things being deleted.

I don't think this fix is adding any leaks - there appear to be leaks present 
already in the test run.


> Memory corruption in proton-test
> --------------------------------
>
>                 Key: PROTON-687
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/PROTON-687
>             Project: Qpid Proton
>          Issue Type: Bug
>          Components: proton-c, python-binding
>    Affects Versions: 0.8
>            Reporter: Cliff Jansen
>            Assignee: Rafael H. Schloming
>            Priority: Blocker
>         Attachments: segv.patch
>
>
> proton-test will fail with memory violations.  Deallocated memory is 
> accessed, usually with benign results but less often on Windows.
> The attached crude patch allows the bug to be "discovered" on Linux as well.
> It is not clear to me if the problem is with the swig wrapper, or whether 
> this just exposes a reference counting bug in proton-c.



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