[unixODBC-dev] Handling out-of-memory

Nick Gorham nick at lurcher.org
Thu Feb 28 08:19:10 GMT 2013

On 28/02/13 08:04, Heikki Linnakangas wrote:
> Hi,
> While working on the PostgreSQL driver, I bumped into two little bugs 
> in handling out-of-memory situation. Patch attached. It's probably 
> self-evident from the patch what the bugs are, but I'll explain anyway:
> 1. In __post_internal_error_ex, check for NULL return from malloc, and 
> avoid some unnecessary allocations so that we don't need to handle the 
> case that they fail. (In my test case, the reason that 
> __post_internal_error_ex got called in the first place was that 
> dlopen() failed with Out-of-Memory while loading the driver, so it's 
> not surprising that those allocations failed too)
> 2. In __alloc_desc, there is a check for calloc returning NULL, but 
> some of the initialization code was misplaced, and was being called on 
> the NULL pointer anyway.
> There are a lot more places where we don't check for malloc returning 
> NULL, but fixing those two made my test case work. In the test case, I 
> opened a large number of connections, and to induce the OOM condition, 
> I ran it with a small "ulimit -v".
> - Heikki

Thanks, I will commit those tonight.


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