Well the ExtensionClass.h fix I think is completely harmless (assuming you recompile every ExtensionClass based C module) but I'm not convinced it's necessary, either. It's more of an insurance policy -- if every C module plays by the rules and checks the type flags field of the type object first, then the ExtensionClass.h file fix isn't necessary. Of course, anytime someone says well "if every..." I get suspicious.
Those people who have reported that it helps their system stability are probably benefiting because stack stomps (from the two known stack-clobbering bugs in Python 2.1) end up leaving pointers to extensionclass objects in places they don't belong (ie places which have already CHECKED the flags, and thus don't check them again). Those C modules then use a NULL pointer check, which properly halts chasing of chains with the ExtensionClass.h patch, where it would have led to another wild pointer without. Its the same reason disabling GC also helps some people; it reduces the activities that follow bad pointers. Actually, I was kind of hoping Martijn Faassen would pipe up and say "I applied the restricted python patches you've already put up on the Zope-2_4-branch, and my problems with ParsedXML went away!" since he's one of the folks that did NOT benefit from applying the ExtensionClass.h patch. On Wednesday, December 19, 2001, at 03:44 PM, Chris McDonough wrote: > I'm not sure the ExtensionClass fix is baked yet, and there's not yet an > overwhelming consensus that it helps stability, not to mention that I'm > not > sure how to install it, so no. ;-) > > I think you can use the trunk, no branch required. Hopefully the fixes > will > be merged soon. > > ----- Original Message ----- > From: "Leonardo Rochael Almeida" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> > To: "Zope Developers list" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> > Sent: Wednesday, December 19, 2001 3:22 PM > Subject: Re: [Zope-dev] disabling gc does not necessarily hide > memorycorruption > > >> Oh, and which branch should I get the tarball from? >> >> On Wed, 2001-12-19 at 18:20, Leonardo Rochael Almeida wrote: >>> >>> >>> On Wed, 2001-12-19 at 18:02, Martijn Pieters wrote: >>>> [...] >>>> You can download files from CVS as a tarball. Just go to >>>> http://cvs.zope.org/Zope/lib/python/RestrictedPython and use the link > at the >>>> bottom. >>> >>> Should I apply the ExtensionClass.h fix from CVS mentioned here in the >>> list too? >>> >>> -- >>> Ideas don't stay in some minds very long because they don't like >>> solitary confinement. >>> >> -- >> Ideas don't stay in some minds very long because they don't like >> solitary confinement. >> >> >> _______________________________________________ >> Zope-Dev maillist - [EMAIL PROTECTED] >> http://lists.zope.org/mailman/listinfo/zope-dev >> ** No cross posts or HTML encoding! ** >> (Related lists - >> http://lists.zope.org/mailman/listinfo/zope-announce >> http://lists.zope.org/mailman/listinfo/zope ) >> > > > _______________________________________________ > Zope-Dev maillist - [EMAIL PROTECTED] > http://lists.zope.org/mailman/listinfo/zope-dev > ** No cross posts or HTML encoding! ** > (Related lists - > http://lists.zope.org/mailman/listinfo/zope-announce > http://lists.zope.org/mailman/listinfo/zope ) _______________________________________________ Zope-Dev maillist - [EMAIL PROTECTED] http://lists.zope.org/mailman/listinfo/zope-dev ** No cross posts or HTML encoding! ** (Related lists - http://lists.zope.org/mailman/listinfo/zope-announce http://lists.zope.org/mailman/listinfo/zope )