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Re: Testing a package

On Fri, May 06, 2005 at 12:30:33AM +0200, Leopold Palomo Avellaneda wrote:
> I would like to know if is a problem of the 64 arch or what. I'm no
> on this list, so please, make a CC to me,

It works fine on IA64.  This sort of thing intrigues me, and I have an
AMD64 around, so I had a look at the libcoin code.

In src/base/string.c:cc_string_sprintf() you call cc_string_vsprintf()
to put the string into the buffer.  This makes repeated called to
vsnprintf() (through the small wrapper src/tidbits.c:coin_vsnprintf())
to see if the string fits or not and grow the string object.

That's where your problem is.  With AMD64, two calls to vsnprintf()
with the same va_arg value cause a segfault.  On IA64 at least, this
doesn't happen.

A minimal test case is attached which works on IA64 and segfaults on

I would suggest that you investigate this a little further, probably
making sure that the IA64 behaviour follows the standard (someone on
this list might know that) and that it hasn't been fixed in some later
version of glibc.  Otherwise file a bug at
http://sources.redhat.com/bugzilla/enter_bug.cgi?product=glibc (please
CC me on anything so I can see where the problem is).


#include <stdio.h>
#include <stdlib.h>
#include <stdarg.h>

void test_vsnprintf(char * dst, unsigned int n, const char * fmtstr, va_list args)
	vsnprintf(dst, (size_t)n, fmtstr, args);
	vsnprintf(dst, (size_t)n, fmtstr, args);

test(char * dst, unsigned int n, const char * fmtstr, ...)
  va_list argptr;
  va_start(argptr, fmtstr);
  test_vsnprintf(dst, n, fmtstr, argptr);

int main(void)
	char array[100];

	test(array, 100, "%s%s", "hello", "how are you");

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