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Date: Sat, 23 Nov 2019 16:31:35 +0000
To: "Florian Weimer" <>
Subject: Re: freeaddrinfo() comments and questions

November 23, 2019 5:05 PM, "Florian Weimer" <> wrote:

> * gilles:
>> In these other implementations, it is possible to write a custom
>> struct addrinfo allocator and use freeaddrinfo() on it, just like it
>> is possible to use getaddrinfo() and use a custom release function on
>> it. This is not a very common use-case, granted, but it is one
>> nonetheless, and one that works and has worked in a portable way for a
>> long time across a wide variety of systems.
> I think this is clearly undefined. There is no way to know how
> storage for ai_addr and ai_canonname is managed. These pointers could
> point to separate allocations, made with malloc. They could be
> interior pointers to the same top-level allocation at which start the
> struct addrinfo object is allocated. Nothing even needs to use
> malloc, including the outer struct addrinfo object.

Fair enough for this use-case, I think you are right and it works by accident.

What is your opinion on the other comments ?

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