[cfe-dev] r137887: [libclang] Workaround potential race condition with code completion AllocatedResults being freed after a CXTranslationUnit.

Dmitri Gribenko gribozavr at gmail.com
Fri Feb 1 10:52:33 PST 2013

On Fri, Feb 1, 2013 at 8:28 PM, Douglas Gregor <dgregor at apple.com> wrote:
> On Feb 1, 2013, at 9:44 AM, Dmitri Gribenko <gribozavr at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hello,
>> While working towards fixing the bug in CXString when it reads a one
>> past end character, I stumbled across r137887.
>> Specifically, I am worried about this workaround:
>> 137887   kremenek         // Normally, clients of CXString shouldn't
>> care whether or not
>> 137887   kremenek         // a CXString is managed by a pool or by
>> explicitly malloc'ed memory.
>> 137887   kremenek         // However, there are cases when
>> AllocatedResults outlives the
>> 137887   kremenek         // CXTranslationUnit.  This is a workaround
>> that failure mode.
>> 137887   kremenek         if (cxstring::isManagedByPool(cursorUSR)) {
>> 137887   kremenek           CXString heapStr =
>> 137887   kremenek
>> cxstring::createCXString(clang_getCString(cursorUSR), true);
>> I want to make two points here:
>> (1) There are a lot of other strings accessible from
>> CXCodeCompleteResults, which are allocated on the ASTContext's
>> allocator of the translation unit.  So this workaround is only for
>> some specific case, it is not general.
> That's… terrifying. We really want to allocate these in the CXCodeCompleteResults bump pointer allocator.

Right, we have an allocator there and it is indeed used in
SemaCodeComplete.cpp.  Sorry for the false alarm.

>> (1.5) The issue itself looks not like a race condition (none of the
>> libclang objects are thread-safe), but a bug in the client code.
> No, it's actually intentional behavior. We want code completion results to be able to hang around and be valid even after the translation unit has been re-parsed, so that clients can lazily populate their UIs from the code completion results without having to worry about other reparses causing trouble.

OK, so this is a feature.

>> (2) Fixing the reading one past end character bug will move more
>> CXStrings to the CXStringPool -- StringRefs that need to be copied
>> will get allocated there (to minimize malloc traffic).  Of course, it
>> would be invalid to free them after the corresponding
>> CXTranslationUnit.
> I think CXCodeCompleteResults is going to need a CXStringPool itself for these strings.

This is going to be a quite transient string pool, which will not save
a lot of memory allocations.  I will look into possible designs


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