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Re: [Libguestfs] [PATCH] lua: improve handle closing

On Wed, Sep 10, 2014 at 01:13:07PM +0200, Pino Toscano wrote:
> Swap guestfs_close and free_per_handle_table, so first the handle is
> removed from the table and then freed. This avoids passing a stale
> pointer to free_per_handle_table (which right now is not an issue, but
> better make sure it is never so).
> ---
> Maybe this could also fix the case described by the comment there,
> as when a new 'g' with the address of an old 'g' would be created,
> the old 'g' is now already gone from the per-handle table.
>  generator/lua.ml | 2 +-
>  1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)
> diff --git a/generator/lua.ml b/generator/lua.ml
> index 5d5619c..fa6e9f2 100644
> --- a/generator/lua.ml
> +++ b/generator/lua.ml
> @@ -168,13 +168,13 @@ guestfs_lua_create (lua_State *L)
>  static void
>  close_handle (lua_State *L, guestfs_h *g)
>  {
> -  guestfs_close (g);
>    /* There is a potential and hard-to-solve race here: If another
>     * thread allocates another 'g' at the same address, then
>     * get_per_handle_table might be called with the same address
>     * before we call free_per_handle_table here.  XXX
>     */
>    free_per_handle_table (L, g);
> +  guestfs_close (g);
>  }

I have a vague feeling that the order of operations here was important
for some reason.  And presumably I wouldn't have written that comment
if the solution was as simple as swapping the two statements around.

So .. not sure.  I think we should leave this alone.

I can't find anything in the git commits to indicate what the problem
might have been.


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