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Re: BUG #1723: array_cat() bug when passed empty array

From: Dave Chapeskie <dchapeskie(at)sandvine(dot)com>
To: pgsql-bugs(at)postgresql(dot)org
Cc: Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us>
Subject: Re: BUG #1723: array_cat() bug when passed empty array
Date: 2005-07-22 15:41:04
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On Mon, Jun 20, 2005 at 03:44:24PM -0400, Tom Lane wrote:

> I [Tom Lane] wrote:
> > Actually, I would say the bug is exec_assign_value's.  There is nothing
> > at all wrong with a function returning one of its input values; for
> > example the smaller/larger functions all do that.
> For that matter, you don't need a function at all:
> regression=# create or replace function copyit(text) returns text as $$
> regression$# declare tmp text;
> regression$# begin
> regression$#   tmp := $1;
> regression$#   tmp := tmp;
> regression$#   return tmp;
> regression$# end$$ language plpgsql stable;
> regression=# select copyit('foo');
> ERROR:  out of memory
> DETAIL:  Failed on request of size 1065320319.
> CONTEXT:  PL/pgSQL function "copyit" line 4 at assignment
> regression=#
> This makes it perfectly clear that the problem is that exec_assign_value
> must copy the given value before it frees the old, just in case they're
> the same.  (Hmm, I wonder if we can shortcircuit the whole thing ...)

Anyone working on fixing this?  I'd have tried but I didn't want to dive
into exec_assign_value() and exec_cast_value().

Given that this occurs for almost any assignment of the form
"x := any expression with x" it's hard to avoid without rewritting a lot
of basic assignments with "tmp:=x; x:=foo(tmp)" which is ugly.

We can't use memory checking with this and even without memory checking
I don't trust that memory isn't getting spamed in some situations.
After all it's referencing free'd memory.

Dave Chapeskie

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