[Libvir] [patch 1/5] iptables: fix invalid free

Daniel Veillard veillard at redhat.com
Thu Mar 22 12:39:55 UTC 2007

On Thu, Mar 22, 2007 at 12:22:13PM +0100, Jim Meyering wrote:
> David Edmondson <dme at sun.com> wrote:
> > On Wed, Mar 21, 2007 at 04:38:00PM +0100, Jim Meyering wrote:
> >> I interpret "wrappers", above, to mean more than just a calloc-like wrapper.
> >>
> >> A malloc (not calloc, of course) wrapper that always initializes can
> >> mask what would have otherwise been a used-uninitialised error, and what
> >> would still be a logical U.I. error.

  And did that only in special compilation mode.

> > That seems silly.  If the wrapper is defined as zero-initalising then
> > it cannot be an error to assume that it zero-initalises.
> What seems silly?  A malloc() wrapper that initializes the
> memory it allocates?  That's the case in which errors can be masked.
> A function intended to be used as a malloc or realloc replacement should
> not initialize its memory -- at least not by default.  A calloc-wrapper
> _must_ do that.  Not the others.

  Before jumping on this and creating a out of scope thread out of a passing
remark, please check the source of what I was comparing to and why in context.
The purpose has never been to have a memory wrapper initialize the memory
all the time.

If you want to debate this I rather suggest to do this on libxml2 mailing
list since this was never the intent on libvirt.



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