[Aptitude-devel] Stepping down as maintainer/developer

Jö Fahlke jorrit at jorrit.de
Wed Mar 14 20:49:55 UTC 2012

Am Fri,  2. Mar 2012, 23:27:33 +0800 schrieb Daniel Hartwig:
> On 2 March 2012 22:26, Jens Seidel <jensseidel at users.sf.net> wrote:
> > +      return theme_config->FindVector((themeroot+Name).c_str());
> That is certainly an issue to be aware of.  In this case it is safe to
> call FindVector like this as the temporary string will remain allocated
> until the function returns.
> I have been using such temporaries extensively in recent changes.  I
> did have the same concern as yourself when I started so I checked this
> out with a small test program first and found some confirmation[1]
> online (though did not manage to locate anything in C++ reference).
> [1] http://stackoverflow.com/questions/7581680/pass-c-str-return-value-of-temporary-object-to-printf

Such tests are are useful but should be taken with a grain of salt, since they
can succeed when you actually have undefined behaviour (e.g. use after free).

According to the standard[1] (§12.2 paragraph 3) you should be OK provided
FindVector() doesn't store a reference or pointer into its argument string
somewhere (e.g. in its return value).  Guessing from the name of the function
it just returns are reference into the container *theme_config, so there
shouldn't be a problem.

The basic rule is that the lifetime of a temporary extends until the execution
of the full-expression ends.  In this case this means until the end of
"theme_config->FindVector((themeroot+Name).c_str())".  Of course, every basic
rule has exceptions (see §12.2 paragraphs 4 and 5), but I dont think they
apply here.


[1] http://www.open-std.org/jtc1/sc22/wg21/docs/papers/2011/n3242.pdf
    Latest freely accessible draft...

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