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Re: [PATCH 3/5] remove deleted BFDs from the archive cache

On Thu, Aug 16, 2012 at 5:48 PM, Alan Modra <> wrote:
> On Thu, Aug 16, 2012 at 11:02:18AM -0600, Tom Tromey wrote:
>> Another possible fix for this bug would be to allocate the areltdata
>> using malloc.  That way it would be immune to the objalloc_free call.
>> This would require a few more tweaks, like properly freeing it in
>> _bfd_delete_bfd, etc.
>> I'm happy to make and test this change if you think it would be better.
> Yes, I do think that would be better.  bfd_free_cached_info is called
> only in one place, and the whole point of the call is as the comment
> says
>           /* Now ask the BFD to free up any cached information, so we
>              don't fill all of memory with symbol tables.  */
> If you don't free the bfd memory there isn't much point in having
> bfd_free_cached_info!

We run into this problem only when we allocate areltdata from
archive member from filesystem.  When we use xcalloc,
we only support bfd_close archive before bfd_close archive member
if we want to free the memory in bfd_close archive member.

Here is a patch to only use xcalloc in bfd_ar_hdr_from_filesystem.
We can check if parent_cache is NULL before calling free.

2012-08-16  H.J. Lu  <>

	PR binutils/14475
	* archive.c (bfd_ar_hdr_from_filesystem): Allocate areltdata
	with xcalloc.
	(_bfd_archive_close_and_cleanup): Free areltdata if allocated
	with xcalloc.

diff --git a/bfd/archive.c b/bfd/archive.c
index e0cb370..608a7e9 100644
--- a/bfd/archive.c
+++ b/bfd/archive.c
@@ -1896,7 +1896,9 @@ bfd_ar_hdr_from_filesystem (bfd *abfd, const char *filena
me, bfd *member)

   amt = sizeof (struct ar_hdr) + sizeof (struct areltdata);
-  ared = (struct areltdata *) bfd_zalloc (member, amt);
+  /* Use xcalloc instead of bfd_zalloc so that areltdata is available
+     to archive after objalloc_free is called on member memory.  */
+  ared = (struct areltdata *) xcalloc (1, amt);
   if (ared == NULL)
     return NULL;
   hdr = (struct ar_hdr *) (((char *) ared) + sizeof (struct areltdata));
@@ -2741,6 +2743,11 @@ _bfd_archive_close_and_cleanup (bfd *abfd)
 	      htab_clear_slot (htab, slot);
+      else
+	{
+	  /* If HTAB is NULL, free ARED allocated with xcalloc.  */
+	  free (ared);
+	}
   return TRUE;

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