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Re: Realloc is blocking execution

Mats Erik Andersson <mats.andersson@gisladisker.se> writes:

> Dear Mentors,
> in my efforts to reintroduce the package windowlab-1.37,
> I am facing the unexpected fact that realloc() is
> repeatedly blocking execution, when I compile the
> package on a Debian Lenny system. This blocking
> does not happen in Debian Etch, nor in OpenBSD,
> nor FreeBSD. 
> After getting the upstream author to accept my
> patches for the old package windowlab-1.34, it
> is only this issue with realloc() that prevents
> me from submitting the package to mentors.debian.net.
> Is this unavoidable fact that realloc() blocks execution
> a known issue with gcc-4.3.2 or glibc-2.7?
> Personally, I was under the impression that
> malloc/realloc never should block execution,
> but would instead return NULL. That Etch and
> Lenny behave oppositely disturbs me very much.
> Best regards,
> Mats Erik Andersson

What do you mean by "block execution"?

If you mean it takes a while to return then I guess that just means
you now have a case where memory is copied while before there was free
space after the allocation.


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