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Various SvPV() macros return pointers to constant empty strings

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September 6, 2019 11:06
Various SvPV() macros return pointers to constant empty strings
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I was wondering if anyone understood the use cases in sv_2pv_flags()
where it returns a pointer to a constant empty string. (There are
several cases, two of which IMO are somewhat understandable, but one
of which I don't get at all.)

So for instance i have code like this:

SV *tmp= sv_newmortal();
char *pv;
pv= SvPV_nolen();

this throws an uninitialized warning because the POK flag is off, but
it then returns the pointer 51c97a every time. Looking into the source
code it falls into a code path that does:

3255: return (char *)"";

I think this is bloody weird. If I dump the sv it has a valid PV
pointer (because of the sv_grow()), but it has not actually coerced it
to a string, and it has not returned the actual pointer to the PV
slot. I feel like this code should have "just worked" and returning a
constant string here when there is a valid SvPVX to return is wrong.


perl -Mre=debug -e "/just|another|perl|hacker/"

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