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Re: [PATCHES] backend crashing despite tsearch2 patch

From: Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us>
To: "Nigel J(dot) Andrews" <nandrews(at)investsystems(dot)co(dot)uk>
Cc: psql-mail(at)freeuk(dot)com, pgsql-general(at)postgresql(dot)org,pgsql-patches(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: [PATCHES] backend crashing despite tsearch2 patch
Date: 2003-09-18 04:21:40
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"Nigel J. Andrews" <nandrews(at)investsystems(dot)co(dot)uk> writes:
> On a matter of style, it's been a while since I've seriously considered cross
> platform C. Is it the done thing to expect:
>  int *i = (int *)calloc(1,sizeof(int));
> to give the condition *i == 0 (assuming the memory allocation worked)?

calloc is defined to zero out the block of memory it returns (as opposed
to malloc which may return a block containing any random junk).

A more serious question is whether any of this code should be using
calloc/malloc as opposed to palloc.  I'd prefer to see it rewritten to
use palloc wherever possible; but that begs the question of what the
required lifespan of the allocations is.

+ #ifndef NULL
+ #define NULL ((void *)0)
+ #endif

It has been roughly twenty years since a C platform existed that didn't
predefine NULL ... and the ones that did not would likely not recognize
the ANSI-C-ism "void *".  So the above is unhelpful by any measure.

			regards, tom lane

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