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

Daniel Veillard wrote:
On Wed, Mar 21, 2007 at 01:55:35PM +0000, Mark McLoughlin wrote:
- I think the use case is a little different - generally in libvirt, we're only allocating very small chunks where the CPU hit for initialisation would be negligible and would never show up on a
    profile. I'd prefer to take the minor hit of zero-initialising
    most/all memory for programming ease.

- If our wrappers always zero-initialise, we don't need the "initialise to -1 when debugging" thing.

- If we rely on calloc() zero-initialising in our wrappers, we give opportunity for libc to optimise where it knows the memory is already initialised - e.g. where it's mmap()ing the memory from /dev/zero

  okay, okay, let's use calloc() for libvirt, but then there is a number of
places where I probably used memset() for zeroing, they should all be cleaned


Note that neither calloc nor memset really work on unusual architectures where null pointers aren't represented by all-bits-zero. So code like:

struct { void *ptr; } *s;
s = malloc (sizeof (*s));
memset (s, 0, sizeof (*s));
  /* ... */
if (s->ptr == NULL) { do something }

isn't portable.  There's some really strange stuff here about this:




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