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ethan
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Being a 25-year old chap living in the western-most town of Germany. Stuying communication and information science and being a huge fan of XS-related things.

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Thursday February 12, 2004
04:18 AM

Making progress error-wise

[ #17371 ]

There is a bug in perl that has been around for very long:

        sub f { $_[0] = 1; $_[0] = "a"; $_[0] = *FOO }
        my @a; f($a[0]);

It is consensus among the porters that fixing it in a proper way will require a new internal type: an lvalue-type that
is large enough to even hold a glob. Out of curiosity I tried to see whether I can possibly fix it. I now see an interesting
evolution in my attempts.

In the unfixed state, you get Can't upgrade that kind of scalar.... After the first stage, I was able to shift the error to segmentation fault. I have now improved it to Out of memory!. :-)

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  • Maybe you can getthe whole system to reboot?
    (Yes, that has been known to be possible with few innocuous lines of Perl.)
    • I haven't yet figured out how to do that. I guess that makes debugging a pleasure when - just before the usual backtrace would appear - your system reboots. Ah, what a bad luck. :-)

      Meanwhile I was able to get rid of the out of memory thing (caused by a reidiculously high xlv_targlen value). After a while however you get to like such errors. Now I no longer get any errors but instead always get undef after assigning the glob. This is much harder to track down as I wont get any nice backtracks.

      Btw, Jarkko,
      • > I haven't yet figured out how to do that.

        That reboot was very system specific, take a look at README.irix.

        > Btw, Jarkko, you seem to have taken a break from the porters
        > lately. Making holidays?

        More like retirement.

        > How irresponsible that would be of you considering that others now have to do all the work! ;-)

        I have to let others to have fun, too.