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From: Duy Nguyen <pclouds@gmail.com>
To: Jeff King <peff@peff.net>
Cc: Junio C Hamano <gitster@pobox.com>, René Scharfe <l.s.r@web.de>,
	Git List <git@vger.kernel.org>,
	Johannes Schindelin <johannes.schindelin@gmx.de>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] fast-export: avoid NULL pointer arithmetic
Date: Fri, 11 May 2018 15:11:46 +0200
Message-ID: <CACsJy8CnJYsgDe11tK4JzH2sDRuLwgoUz=HCso5qOhEfyZNH5Q@mail.gmail.com> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <20180511085634.GC22086@sigill.intra.peff.net>

On Fri, May 11, 2018 at 10:56 AM, Jeff King <peff@peff.net> wrote:
> On Fri, May 11, 2018 at 08:19:59AM +0200, Duy Nguyen wrote:
>
>> On Fri, May 11, 2018 at 6:49 AM, Junio C Hamano <gitster@pobox.com> wrote:
>> > Junio C Hamano <gitster@pobox.com> writes:
>> >
>> >> René Scharfe <l.s.r@web.de> writes:
>> >>
>> >>>> But it somehow feels backwards in spirit to me, as the reason why we
>> >>>> use "void *" there in the decoration field is because we expect that
>> >>>> we'd have a pointer to some struture most of the time, and we have
>> >>>> to occasionally store a small integer there.
>> >>>
>> >>> Yes, fast-export seems to be the only place that stores an integer as
>> >>> a decoration.
>> >>
>> >> With the decoration subsystem that might be the case, but I think
>> >> we have other codepaths where "void * .util" field in the structure
>> >> is used to store (void *)1, expecting that a normal allocation will
>> >> never yield a pointer that is indistinguishable from that value.
>> >
>> > I was looking at a different topic and noticed that bisect.c uses
>> > commit->util (which is of type "void *") to always store an int (it
>> > never stores a pointer and there is no mixing).  This one is equally
>> > unportable as fast-export after your fix.
>> >
>>
>> In both cases we should be able to use commit-slab instead of
>> commit->util. We could go even further and kill "util" pointer but
>> that's more work.
>
> I would love it if we could kill the util pointer in favor of
> commit-slab. Unfortunately the fast-export case is decorating non-commit
> objects, too.

Right. The "util" thing was a side discussion.

Back to fast-export, can we just allocate a new int on heap and point
it there? Allocating small pieces becomes quite cheap and fast with
mem-pool.h and we can avoid this storing integer in pointer business.
-- 
Duy

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Thread overview: 16+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2018-05-09 21:06 René Scharfe
2018-05-09 21:43 ` Johannes Schindelin
2018-05-10  9:24 ` René Scharfe
2018-05-10 10:51   ` Junio C Hamano
2018-05-10 19:47     ` René Scharfe
2018-05-11  2:16       ` Junio C Hamano
2018-05-11  4:49         ` Junio C Hamano
2018-05-11  6:19           ` Duy Nguyen
2018-05-11  8:56             ` Jeff King
2018-05-11 13:11               ` Duy Nguyen [this message]
2018-05-11 13:34                 ` Duy Nguyen
2018-05-11 17:42                   ` Jeff King
2018-05-12  8:45                     ` René Scharfe
2018-05-12  8:49                       ` René Scharfe
2018-05-14  1:37                       ` Junio C Hamano
2018-05-15 19:36                         ` René Scharfe

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