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create type and backend terminate

From: "And(dot) Andruikhanov" <andy(at)euinf(dot)dp(dot)ua>
To: pgsql-bugs(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: create type and backend terminate
Date: 2001-02-27 15:54:39
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Lists: pgsql-bugs
Good day.

System Configuration
  Architecture: Intel Pentium
  Operating System: FreeBSD 3.5-STABLE
  PostgreSQL version:   PostgreSQL-7.0.3
  Compiler used:  gcc

Description of problem

  I have some problem with creating new type in pgsql. Server was crashed (core
dumped by signal 11). I not sure that my action was correct, but may be 
following situations can help to make "defence" of pgsql more effective.

  For example, I try to create unsigned long type (4 bytes):

#include <stdio.h>
#include <stdlib.h>
#include <limits.h>
#include "/usr/local/pgsql/include/postgres.h"

typedef int32 unsl4;

/* Function for convert external to internal representation */
unsl4 unsl4_in(char *in_s0) {
	unsl4 res=0;
	if(in_s0 == NULL) {
	  elog(NOTICE, "null ptr as argument in unsl4_in");
	  return res;
	res = (unsl4)strtoul(in_s0, NULL, 10);
	return res;

/* Reverse transformation of new type */
char *unsl4_out(unsl4 in_d1) {
	char *res1;
	res1 = (char *)palloc(60);
	sprintf(res1, "%lu", in_d1);
	return res1;

Save above code to unsl4.c and compile to shared object:
gcc -O2 -shared unsl4.c -o

--Create function in pgsql:

create function unsl4_in(opaque) returns unsl4 as
'some_path/' language 'c';

create function unsl4_out(opaque) returns opaque as
'some_path/' language 'c';

--Then create new type:
create type unsl4(input=unsl4_in, output=unsl4_out, internallength=4,

--Try to test our new type:

sample_0=# select '-1'::unsl4;
   (1 row)
sample_0=# select 00003123456001::unsl4;
   (1 row)

--I think, it was all OK.

/* Then create function for operate with type 'unsl4' */

/* First example */
#include <stdio.h>
#include <stdlib.h>
#include <limits.h>
#include "/usr/local/pgsql/include/postgres.h"

typedef int32 unsl4;
unsl4 unsl4_add(unsl4 in_d1, unsl4 in_d2) {
	return in_d1+in_d2;

Save and compile to another shared object (

--Create this function in pgsql:
create function unsl4_add(unsl4, unsl4) returns unsl4 as
'some_path/' language 'c';

--Then test it:

sample_0=# select unsl4_add('0003123456004', '058');
  (1 row)

sample_0=# select unsl4_add(-1::unsl4, 10::unsl4);
  (1 row)

sample_0=# select unsl4_add(013::unsl4, 200::unsl4);
  (1 row)
--All result is correct.

Then I create some error situations, I think: 
1. Drop function 'unsl4_add' in pgsql. And create it again, but with input
arguments as 'opaque' type.
2. Or create function 'unsl4_add', which take input arguments by reference:

/* Second example */
unsl4 *unsl4_add(unsl4 *in_d1, unsl4 *in_d2) {
	unsl4 *res;
	if(in_d1==NULL || in_d2==NULL)
	  return NULL;
	res = (unsl4 *)palloc(sizeof(unsl4));
	*res = (*in_d1)+(*in_d2);
	return res;

  After each situations (and like them) postmaster was crashed:

sample_0=# select unsl4_add('3123567101', '10');
pqReadData() -- backend closed the channel unexpectedly.
        This probably means the backend terminated abnormally
		before or while processing the request.
		The connection to the server was lost. Attempting reset: Failed.

  I droped "bad" function 'unsl4_add' and recreated it again from "first
example". But postmaster crashed too. All previous examples, which works
correctly (tests of type 'unsl4') makes the crash situation also.

  Actions of full recreate 'unsl4' type (drop type 'unsl4', functions
'unsl4_*' and create them again) doesn't help in this problem (reboot of
postmaster, 'vacuum analyze' of database also). New type 'unsl4' doesn't work.

  If I create 'unsl4' by functions which takes input arguments by reference
(not fixed length), then postmaster works with new type again. If I try to
create functions for operate with 'unsl4' by several ways - some combinations
of receiving input arguments (references, fixed length), then postmaster crash

  Some fragment of postmaster logfile, when it was crashed:

== begin file ==
010227.14:38:29.050 [14200] ProcessQuery
010227.14:38:29.050 [14200] CommitTransactionCommand
010227.14:38:33.999 [14200] StartTransactionCommand
010227.14:38:33.999 [14200] query: select unsl4_add('3123567101', '10');
010227.14:38:34.000 [14200] parser outputs:

{ QUERY :command 1  :utility <> :resultRelation 0 :into <> :isPortal false :isBinary false :isTemp false :unionall false :distinctClause <> :sortClause <> :rtable <> :targetlist ({ TARGETENTRY :resdom { RESDOM :resno 1 :restype 49088 :restypmod -1 :resnam
e unsl4_add :reskey 0 :reskeyop 0 :ressortgroupref 0 :resjunk false } :expr { EXPR :typeOid 49088  :opType func :oper { FUNC :funcid 49094 :functype 49088 :funcisindex false :funcsize 0  :func_fcache @ 0x0 :func_tlist ({ TARGETENTRY :resdom { RESDOM :resn
o 1 :restype 49088 :restypmod -1 :resname \<noname> :reskey 0 :reskeyop 0 :ressortgroupref 0 :resjunk false } :expr { VAR :varno -1 :varattno 1 :vartype 49088 :vartypmod -1  :varlevelsup 0 :varnoold -1 :varoattno 1}}) :func_planlist <>} :args ({ CONST :co
nsttype 49088 :constlen 4 :constisnull false :constvalue  4 [ -3 -39 45 -70 ]  :constbyval false } { CONST :consttype 49088 :constlen 4 :constisnull false :constvalue  4 [ 10 0 0 0 ]  :constbyval false })}}) :qual <> :groupClause <> :havingQual <> :hasAgg
s false :hasSubLinks false :unionClause <> :intersectClause <> :limitOffset <> :limitCount <> :rowMark <>}

010227.14:38:34.001 [14200] ProcessQuery
/usr/local/pgsql/bin/postmaster: reaping dead processes...
/usr/local/pgsql/bin/postmaster: CleanupProc: pid 14200 exited with status 139
Server process (pid 14200) exited with status 139 at Tue Feb 27 14:38:34 2001
Terminating any active server processes...
Server processes were terminated at Tue Feb 27 14:38:34 2001
Reinitializing shared memory and semaphores
010227.14:38:34.060 [14076] shmem_exit(0)
binding ShmemCreate(key=52e4b5, size=1104896)
010227.14:38:34.064 [14201] DEBUG:  Data Base System is starting up at Tue Feb 27 14:38:34 2001
010227.14:38:34.065 [14201] DEBUG:  Data Base System was interrupted being in production at Tue Feb 27 14:37:56 2001
/usr/local/pgsql/bin/postmaster: ServerLoop:		handling reading 7
/usr/local/pgsql/bin/postmaster: ServerLoop:		handling reading 7
/usr/local/pgsql/bin/postmaster: ServerLoop:		handling writing 7
The Data Base System is starting up
/usr/local/pgsql/bin/postmaster: ServerLoop:		handling writing 7
010227.14:38:34.339 [14201] DEBUG:  Data Base System is in production state at Tue Feb 27 14:38:34 2001
010227.14:38:34.339 [14201] proc_exit(0)
010227.14:38:34.340 [14201] shmem_exit(0)
010227.14:38:34.340 [14201] exit(0)
/usr/local/pgsql/bin/postmaster: reaping dead processes...
== end of file ==

  Best regards..


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