Opened 7 years ago

Closed 7 years ago

#422 closed defect (invalid)

compilation bug: changing #include header order changes sizeof(ngx_http_request_s)

Reported by: Owned by:
Priority: minor Milestone:
Component: nginx-core Version:
Keywords: Cc: vgrinshp@…
uname -a:
nginx -V: mostly irrelevant, since this is a compile-time bug, not a run-time issue.
However, here it is anyway:
nginx version: nginx/1.4.2
TLS SNI support enabled
configure arguments: --with-cc=gcc --with-cpp=g++ --with-ld-opt='-lopenssl -L/home/vgrinshp/dev/projects/beacons/common/lib' --prefix=/usr/local/akamai/DDC-nginx --error-log-path=stderr --with-debug --without-http-cache --without-http_access_module --without-http_auth_basic_module --without-http_autoindex_module --without-http_browser_module --without-http_charset_module --without-http_empty_gif_module --without-http_fastcgi_module --without-http_geo_module --without-http_gzip_module --without-http_limit_req_module --without-http_limit_zone_module --without-http_map_module --without-http_memcached_module --without-http_proxy_module --without-http_referer_module --without-http_ssi_module --without-http_upstream_ip_hash_module --without-http_userid_module --without-poll_module --without-select_module --with-http_stub_status_module --with-http_ssl_module --add-module=/home/vgrinshp/dev/projects/beacons/DDC-nginx/src/modules/beacon_receiver --add-module=/home/vgrinshp/dev/projects/beacons/DDC-nginx/src/modules/g2o


I encountered an interesting issue while attempting to develop a module for nginx, using the tarball distribution of nginx-1.4.2. Compiler and linux distro details are at the bottom of this report.

Basically, depending on whether stdio.h is included before ngx_http.h or not,
the resulting size of ngx_http_request_s changes, and if different compilation units do things in different order, inconsistency is introduced and things break.

The following source file is sufficient to reproduce the problem:

#include <stdio.h>
#include <ngx_http.h>

ngx_http_request_t foo1_foo;

If compiled as follows:

 $ gcc -c reproduced.c -DVG_STDIO_BEFORE -o result1.o $OPTS
 $ gcc -c reproduced.c -o result2.o $OPTS

(where OPTS="-Wall -Werror -O0 -ggdb -I$NGINX_DIR/core -I$NGINX_DIR/event -I$NGINX_DIR/modules -I$NGINX_DIR/http -I$NGINX_DIR/http/modules -I$NGINX_DIR/os/unix -I$NGINX_DIR/../objs", and NGINX_DIR=nginx-1.4.2/src),

two .o files are produced. In these, the size of "foo", an instance of struct ngx_http_request_s, differs:

  $ nm -S result1.o ; nm -S result2.o 
  00000280 00000280 C foo1_foo
  0000028c 0000028c C foo1_foo

I haven't traced this fully, but found (using gcc -E) that the structure definition itself is unchanged; but I've not invested the time checking the sizes of its user-defined members.

Environment/version details:

  • nginx-1.4.2 tarball source distribution from the nginx web site.
  • gcc-4.1.2 (Ubuntu 4.1.2-0ubuntu4aka2f);
  • FWIW, this occurred on a relatively old Ubuntu distribution (Dapper). I could not get the same problem to happen on a later distro (Lucid).

Change History (2)

comment:1 by, 7 years ago

sorry, accidentally submitted this ticket twice. Please close this one and refer to Ticket #423 ( instead.

comment:2 by Maxim Dounin, 7 years ago

Resolution: invalid
Status: newclosed

Both tickets are invalid. What you see is a result of the off_t size mismatch due to incorrect headers order.

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