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Dave Mitchell
August 7, 2021 10:25
Re: Robin Hood Hashing for the perl core
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On Tue, Aug 03, 2021 at 02:27:42PM +0000, Nicholas Clark wrote:
> The proposed implementation "open addressing" eliminates the linked lists by
> storing HE structs in a flat array:

So in effect HvARRAY() changes from being an array of SV pointers to an
array of HE structs?

How will this affect the hv_fetch_ent() and similar functions, which
return a pointer to a HE? In particular what happens to such a pointer if
the HvARRAY() gets reallocated in the meantime. E.g.

    HE *he = hv_fetch_ent(hv, ...);
    hv_store(hv,...); /* XXX triggers HvARRAY realloc */
    do_something_with(he->val); /* using freed memory! */

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