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Re: A proposed solution for svn admin directory names

From: Duane Griffin <d.griffin_at_psenterprise.com>
Date: 2005-06-29 20:37:24 CEST

On Wed, 2005-06-29 at 18:26, Joseph Galbraith wrote:
> char* getadmdir()
> {
> static char* szAdmDir = 0;
> if ( szAdmDir == 0 )
> {
> szAdmDir = ::getenv("SVN_ADM_DIR");
> if ( szAdmDir == 0 )
> szAdmDir = ".svn";
> }
> return szAdmDir;
> }

Aside from the possibility of non-atomic pointer assignment, there is
another failure case where the function returns NULL:

Consider the situation with two threads A and B where SVN_ADM_DIR is not
set. A and B both enter the function and the first if block. Thread A
continues into the second if block and does the assignment. Now thread B
executes the getenv line. Thread A executes the return statement,
returning the current global value of szAdmDir, which has been set by
thread B to NULL. Bang.

It really isn't possible to do this sort of thing in a thread-safe
manner without synchronization.


Duane Griffin
Senior Software Developer
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Received on Wed Jun 29 20:38:23 2005

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