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SubjectRe: [PATCH] vsprintf: make %pV handling compatible with kasprintf()
>>> On 05.03.12 at 18:02, Joe Perches <> wrote:
> On Mon, 2012-03-05 at 16:49 +0000, Jan Beulich wrote:
>> kasprintf() (and potentially other functions that I didn't run across
>> so far) want to evaluate argument lists twice. Caring to do so for the
>> primary list is obviously their job, but they can't reasonably be
>> expected to check the format string for instances of %pV, which however
>> need special handling too: On architectures like x86-64 (as opposed to
>> e.g. ix86), using the same argument list twice doesn't produce the
>> expected results, as an internally managed cursor gets updated during
>> the first run.
>> Fix the problem by always acting on a copy of the original list when
>> handling %pV.
> Wouldn't stable need this too?

Possibly, but I'm not certain - this is more of a latent bug that I ran
into with some not yet submitted Xen code. And I'm not sure
whether latent bugs qualify for stable...


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