Commit c460c0ec authored by Jeff King's avatar Jeff King Committed by Junio C Hamano

run-command: store an optional argv_array

All child_process structs need to point to an argv. For
flexibility, we do not mandate the use of a dynamic
argv_array. However, because the child_process does not own
the memory, this can make memory management with a
separate argv_array difficult.

For example, if a function calls start_command but not
finish_command, the argv memory must persist. The code needs
to arrange to clean up the argv_array separately after
finish_command runs. As a result, some of our code in this
situation just leaks the memory.

To help such cases, this patch adds a built-in argv_array to
the child_process, which gets cleaned up automatically (both
in finish_command and when start_command fails).  Callers
may use it if they choose, but can continue to use the raw
argv if they wish.
Signed-off-by: default avatarJeff King <>
Signed-off-by: default avatarJunio C Hamano <>
parent 6308767f
......@@ -109,6 +109,13 @@ terminated), of which .argv[0] is the program name to run (usually
without a path). If the command to run is a git command, set argv[0] to
the command name without the 'git-' prefix and set .git_cmd = 1.
Note that the ownership of the memory pointed to by .argv stays with the
caller, but it should survive until `finish_command` completes. If the
.argv member is NULL, `start_command` will point it at the .args
`argv_array` (so you may use one or the other, but you must use exactly
one). The memory in .args will be cleaned up automatically during
`finish_command` (or during `start_command` when it is unsuccessful).
The members .in, .out, .err are used to redirect stdin, stdout,
stderr as follows:
......@@ -279,6 +279,9 @@ int start_command(struct child_process *cmd)
int failed_errno;
char *str;
if (!cmd->argv)
cmd->argv = cmd->args.argv;
* In case of errors we must keep the promise to close FDs
* that have been passed in via ->in and ->out.
......@@ -328,6 +331,7 @@ int start_command(struct child_process *cmd)
error("cannot create %s pipe for %s: %s",
str, cmd->argv[0], strerror(failed_errno));
errno = failed_errno;
return -1;
......@@ -519,6 +523,7 @@ int start_command(struct child_process *cmd)
else if (cmd->err)
errno = failed_errno;
return -1;
......@@ -543,7 +548,9 @@ int start_command(struct child_process *cmd)
int finish_command(struct child_process *cmd)
return wait_or_whine(cmd->pid, cmd->argv[0]);
int ret = wait_or_whine(cmd->pid, cmd->argv[0]);
return ret;
int run_command(struct child_process *cmd)
......@@ -5,8 +5,11 @@
#include <pthread.h>
#include "argv-array.h"
struct child_process {
const char **argv;
struct argv_array args;
pid_t pid;
* Using .in, .out, .err:
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