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authorJohannes Schindelin <>2019-02-15 15:17:45 (GMT)
committerJunio C Hamano <>2019-02-15 18:25:28 (GMT)
commitca1b4116483b397e78483376296bcd23916ab553 (patch)
tree403f98b34c64199fdf5bb2abe679aa024faa6749 /compat/mingw.c
parent2d08f3deb9feb73dc8d21d75bfd367839fc1322c (diff)
mingw: safe-guard a bit more against getenv() problems
Running up to v2.21.0, we fixed two bugs that were made prominent by the Windows-specific change to retain copies of only the 30 latest getenv() calls' returned strings, invalidating any copies of previous getenv() calls' return values. While this really shines a light onto bugs of the form where we hold onto getenv()'s return values without copying them, it is also a real problem for users. And even if Jeff King's patches merged via 773e408881 (Merge branch 'jk/save-getenv-result', 2019-01-29) provide further work on that front, we are far from done. Just one example: on Windows, we unset environment variables when spawning new processes, which potentially invalidates strings that were previously obtained via getenv(), and therefore we have to duplicate environment values that are somehow involved in spawning new processes (e.g. GIT_MAN_VIEWER in show_man_page()). We do not have a chance to investigate, let address, all of those issues in time for v2.21.0, so let's at least help Windows users by increasing the number of getenv() calls' return values that are kept valid. The number 64 was determined by looking at the average number of getenv() calls per process in the entire test suite run on Windows (which is around 40) and then adding a bit for good measure. And it is a power of two (which would have hit yesterday's theme perfectly). Signed-off-by: Johannes Schindelin <> Signed-off-by: Junio C Hamano <>
Diffstat (limited to 'compat/mingw.c')
1 files changed, 1 insertions, 1 deletions
diff --git a/compat/mingw.c b/compat/mingw.c
index 4276297..8141f77 100644
--- a/compat/mingw.c
+++ b/compat/mingw.c
@@ -1632,7 +1632,7 @@ int mingw_kill(pid_t pid, int sig)
char *mingw_getenv(const char *name)
static char *values[GETENV_MAX_RETAIN];
static int value_counter;
int len_key, len_value;