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Re: [PATCH] name-rev: change ULONG_MAX to TIME_MAX

Jeff King venit, vidit, dixit 06.09.2017 15:35:
> On Wed, Sep 06, 2017 at 01:59:31PM +0200, Michael J Gruber wrote:
>> BTW, there's more fallout from those name-rev changes: In connection
>> with that other thread about surprising describe results for emacs.git I
>> noticed that I can easily get "git name-rev --stdin" to segfault there.
>> As easy as
>> echo bc5d96a0b2a1dccf7eeeec459e40d21b54c977f4 | git name-rev --stdin
>> for example.
>> That's unfortunate for the use-case of name-rev to amend git log output.
>> The reason seems to be that with "--stdin" or "--all", "name-rev" walks
>> and names all commits before beginning to use that those names for even
>> a single commit as above.
>> That segfault bisects to the logic changing commit in
>> jc/name-rev-lw-tag, but I think the changed logic simply leads to more
>> xmallocs() the segfault sooner now. Or something that I dind't spot even
>> after a few hours.
> The segfault seems to be due to running out of stack space. The problem
> is that name_rev() is recursive over the history graph.  That topic
> added a parameter to the function, which increased the memory used for
> each level of the recursion. But the fundamental problem has always been
> there. The right solution is to switch to iteration (with our own stack
> structure if necessary).
> We had similar problems with the recursive --contains traversal in tag,
> and ended up with cbc60b6720 (git tag --contains: avoid stack overflow,
> 2014-04-24).

Cool, thanks for the pointer. ulimit -s is a great way to test this.