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[perl #101486] PL_curstash should be refcounted

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Father Chrysostomos
October 16, 2011 22:27
[perl #101486] PL_curstash should be refcounted
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$ perl5.14.1 -MDevel::Peek -le 'package Foo; BEGIN {*Foo:: = *Bar::} use Devel::Peek; ::Dump *aaaa;'
Segmentation fault

That started crashing with commit e15faf7d09, which removed the reference loop between symbols and stashes.

This is related to #101430.  List::Gen comes *very* close to causing that crash, because a BEGIN block in List::Generator frees the current stash.

Making PL_curstash refcounted will prevent that, but it might break Devel::DProf (oxymoron?) and Apache::DB, which both assign to PL_curstash.  But that breakage is probably acceptable as PL_curstash is not part of the API and is not even mentioned in perintern.

I’m still searching through CPAN for other possible breakage.
Site configuration information for perl 5.15.3:

Configured by sprout at Wed Sep 21 07:05:42 PDT 2011.

Summary of my perl5 (revision 5 version 15 subversion 3) configuration:
  Snapshot of: 41e56bcf1032d456109d04949b3808096b9e7f8b
    osname=darwin, osvers=10.5.0, archname=darwin-2level
    uname='darwin pint.local 10.5.0 darwin kernel version 10.5.0: fri nov 5 23:20:39 pdt 2010; root:xnu-1504.9.17~1release_i386 i386 '
    config_args='-DDEBUGGING -de -Dusedevel'
    hint=recommended, useposix=true, d_sigaction=define
    useithreads=undef, usemultiplicity=undef
    useperlio=define, d_sfio=undef, uselargefiles=define, usesocks=undef
    use64bitint=undef, use64bitall=undef, uselongdouble=undef
    usemymalloc=n, bincompat5005=undef
    cc='cc', ccflags ='-fno-common -DPERL_DARWIN -DDEBUGGING -fno-strict-aliasing -pipe -fstack-protector -I/usr/local/include',
    optimize='-O3 -g',
    cppflags='-fno-common -DPERL_DARWIN -DDEBUGGING -fno-strict-aliasing -pipe -fstack-protector -I/usr/local/include'
    ccversion='', gccversion='4.2.1 (Apple Inc. build 5664)', gccosandvers=''
    intsize=4, longsize=4, ptrsize=4, doublesize=8, byteorder=1234
    d_longlong=define, longlongsize=8, d_longdbl=define, longdblsize=16
    ivtype='long', ivsize=4, nvtype='double', nvsize=8, Off_t='off_t', lseeksize=8
    alignbytes=8, prototype=define
  Linker and Libraries:
    ld='env MACOSX_DEPLOYMENT_TARGET=10.3 cc', ldflags =' -fstack-protector -L/usr/local/lib'
    libpth=/usr/local/lib /usr/lib
    libs=-ldbm -ldl -lm -lutil -lc
    perllibs=-ldl -lm -lutil -lc
    libc=, so=dylib, useshrplib=false, libperl=libperl.a
  Dynamic Linking:
    dlsrc=dl_dlopen.xs, dlext=bundle, d_dlsymun=undef, ccdlflags=' '
    cccdlflags=' ', lddlflags=' -bundle -undefined dynamic_lookup -L/usr/local/lib -fstack-protector'

Locally applied patches:

@INC for perl 5.15.3:

Environment for perl 5.15.3:
    LANGUAGE (unset)
    LD_LIBRARY_PATH (unset)
    LOGDIR (unset)
    PERL_BADLANG (unset)

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