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From: "Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason" <avarab@gmail.com>
To: Johannes Schindelin <Johannes.Schindelin@gmx.de>
Cc: git@vger.kernel.org, "Junio C Hamano" <gitster@pobox.com>,
	"Michał Kępień" <michal@isc.org>,
	"Phillip Wood" <phillip.wood123@gmail.com>
Subject: Re: [PATCH 1/2] diff: add an API for deferred freeing
Date: Thu, 11 Feb 2021 04:00:31 +0100	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <878s7vcnqo.fsf@evledraar.gmail.com> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <nycvar.QRO.7.76.6.2102101557160.29765@tvgsbejvaqbjf.bet>


On Wed, Feb 10 2021, Johannes Schindelin wrote:

> Hi Ævar,
>
> On Fri, 5 Feb 2021, Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason wrote:
>
>> Add a diff_free() function to free anything we may have allocated in
>> the "diff_options" struct, and the ability to make calling it a noop
>> by setting "no_free" in "diff_options".
>
> Why do we need a `no_free` flag? Why not simply set the `free()`d (or
> `fclose()`d) attributes to `NULL`?

Because we're calling the diff API N times, so we need to not have those
be NULL while we're using them in a loop, and we need to not free()
them, and then flip "no_free = 0" at the end and free() them.

>> diff --git a/builtin/add.c b/builtin/add.c
>> index a825887c50..6319710186 100644
>> --- a/builtin/add.c
>> +++ b/builtin/add.c
>> @@ -282,7 +282,7 @@ static int edit_patch(int argc, const char **argv, const char *prefix)
>>  	if (out < 0)
>>  		die(_("Could not open '%s' for writing."), file);
>>  	rev.diffopt.file = xfdopen(out, "w");
>> -	rev.diffopt.close_file = 1;
>> +	rev.diffopt.fclose_file = 1;
>
> This rename makes the patch unnecessarily tedious to review, and I do not
> even agree with leaking the implementation detail that we need to
> `fclose()` the file.
>
> Let's just not?

Fair enough, I figured it would be easier for reviewers to reason about
to be guaranteed to see all the uses of the flag, but I'll drop it.

>> @@ -6399,10 +6399,10 @@ void diff_flush(struct diff_options *options)
>>  		 * options->file to /dev/null should be safe, because we
>>  		 * aren't supposed to produce any output anyway.
>>  		 */
>> -		if (options->close_file)
>> +		if (options->fclose_file)
>>  			fclose(options->file);
>
> And at this stage, we should set `options->file = NULL`.

Sure, why not, but unless we get rid of the need for "close_file"
there's not much point other than ease of inspection in a
debugger...[cont].

>> [...]
>> +void diff_free(struct diff_options *options)
>> +{
>> +	if (options->no_free)
>> +		return;
>> +	if (options->fclose_file)
>> +		fclose(options->file);
>
> And at this stage, we should set `options->file = NULL`.

...ditto...[cont]

>> +}
>> +
>> +
>>  static int match_filter(const struct diff_options *options, const struct diff_filepair *p)
>>  {
>>  	return (((p->status == DIFF_STATUS_MODIFIED) &&
>> diff --git a/diff.h b/diff.h
>> index 2ff2b1c7f2..d1d74c3a9e 100644
>> --- a/diff.h
>> +++ b/diff.h
>> @@ -49,7 +49,16 @@
>>   * - Once you finish feeding the pairs of files, call `diffcore_std()`.
>>   * This will tell the diffcore library to go ahead and do its work.
>>   *
>> + * - The `diff_opt_parse()` etc. functions might allocate memory in
>> + *  `struct diff_options`. When running the API `N > 1` set `.no_free
>> + *  = 1` to make the `diff_free()` invoked by `diff_flush()` below a
>> + *  noop.
>
> I have serious trouble parsing that last sentence. Would you mind
> rephrasing it?

Willdo.

>> + *
>>   * - Calling `diff_flush()` will produce the output.
>> + *
>> + * - If you set `.no_free = 1` before set it to `0` and call
>> + *   `diff_free()` again. If `.no_free = 1` was not set there's no
>> + *   need to call `diff_free()`, `diff_flush()` will call it.
>
> Again, as I mentioned before, the indicator whether things need to be
> released should be whether the attribute is `NULL` or not. And once
> released, ot should be set to `NULL`.
>
> Other than that, it looks fine to me. And I definitely like the idea of
> introducing a function to release all of the stuff in `struct diffopt`.

[cont]...I don't think it's possible in anything like the current API to
do that.

We don't want to "if (file) fclose(file)", instead we need an opt-in "if
(close_file) fclose(file)". That's because usually the "file" is
stdout. So close_file=1 is only set when we're opening a "real" file,
/dev/null or whatever.

That along with the "no_free" flag as noted above means we need both a
"no_free" and "close_file" flags.

Unless there's some way of re-arranging this that I'm missing.

  reply	other threads:[~2021-02-11  3:01 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 57+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2020-10-01 12:06 [PATCH 0/2] diff: add -I<regex> that ignores matching changes Michał Kępień
2020-10-01 12:06 ` [PATCH 1/2] " Michał Kępień
2020-10-01 18:21   ` Junio C Hamano
2020-10-07 19:48     ` Michał Kępień
2020-10-07 20:08       ` Junio C Hamano
2020-10-01 12:06 ` [PATCH 2/2] t: add -I<regex> tests Michał Kępień
2020-10-01 17:02 ` [PATCH 0/2] diff: add -I<regex> that ignores matching changes Junio C Hamano
2020-10-12  9:17 ` [PATCH v2 0/3] " Michał Kępień
2020-10-12  9:17   ` [PATCH v2 1/3] merge-base, xdiff: zero out xpparam_t structures Michał Kępień
2020-10-12 11:14     ` Johannes Schindelin
2020-10-12 17:09       ` Junio C Hamano
2020-10-12 19:52     ` Junio C Hamano
2020-10-13  6:35       ` Michał Kępień
2020-10-12  9:17   ` [PATCH v2 2/3] diff: add -I<regex> that ignores matching changes Michał Kępień
2020-10-12 11:20     ` Johannes Schindelin
2020-10-12 20:00       ` Junio C Hamano
2020-10-12 20:39         ` Johannes Schindelin
2020-10-12 21:43           ` Junio C Hamano
2020-10-13  6:37             ` Michał Kępień
2020-10-13 15:49               ` Junio C Hamano
2020-10-13  6:36       ` Michał Kępień
2020-10-13 12:02         ` Johannes Schindelin
2020-10-13 15:53           ` Junio C Hamano
2020-10-13 18:45           ` Michał Kępień
2020-10-12 18:01     ` Junio C Hamano
2020-10-13  6:38       ` Michał Kępień
2020-10-12 20:04     ` Junio C Hamano
2020-10-13  6:38       ` Michał Kępień
2020-10-12  9:17   ` [PATCH v2 3/3] t: add -I<regex> tests Michał Kępień
2020-10-12 11:49     ` Johannes Schindelin
2020-10-13  6:38       ` Michał Kępień
2020-10-13 12:00         ` Johannes Schindelin
2020-10-13 16:00           ` Junio C Hamano
2020-10-13 19:01           ` Michał Kępień
2020-10-15 11:45             ` Johannes Schindelin
2020-10-15  7:24   ` [PATCH v3 0/2] diff: add -I<regex> that ignores matching changes Michał Kępień
2020-10-15  7:24     ` [PATCH v3 1/2] merge-base, xdiff: zero out xpparam_t structures Michał Kępień
2020-10-15  7:24     ` [PATCH v3 2/2] diff: add -I<regex> that ignores matching changes Michał Kępień
2020-10-16 15:32       ` Phillip Wood
2020-10-16 18:04         ` Junio C Hamano
2020-10-19  9:48           ` Michał Kępień
2020-10-16 18:16       ` Junio C Hamano
2020-10-19  9:55         ` Michał Kępień
2020-10-19 17:29           ` Junio C Hamano
2020-10-16 10:00     ` [PATCH v3 0/2] " Johannes Schindelin
2020-10-20  6:48     ` [PATCH v4 " Michał Kępień
2020-10-20  6:48       ` [PATCH v4 1/2] merge-base, xdiff: zero out xpparam_t structures Michał Kępień
2020-10-20  6:48       ` [PATCH v4 2/2] diff: add -I<regex> that ignores matching changes Michał Kępień
2021-02-05 14:13       ` [PATCH 1/2] diff: add an API for deferred freeing Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2021-02-10 16:00         ` Johannes Schindelin
2021-02-11  3:00           ` Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason [this message]
2021-02-11  9:40             ` Johannes Schindelin
2021-02-11 10:21               ` Jeff King
2021-02-11 10:45                 ` [PATCH v2 0/2] " Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2021-02-11 10:45                 ` [PATCH v2 1/2] " Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2021-02-11 10:45                 ` [PATCH v2 2/2] diff: plug memory leak from regcomp() on {log,diff} -I Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2021-02-05 14:13       ` [PATCH " Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason

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