[Rd] custom allocators, Valgrind and uninitialized memory

Dirk Eddelbuettel edd @end|ng |rom deb|@n@org
Sat Mar 27 20:52:03 CET 2021


Thanks for the clarification.

On 26 March 2021 at 20:48, Andreas Kersting wrote:
| Sure, let me try to explain:
| CRAN ran the tests of my package using R which was configured --with-valgrind-instrumentation > 0. Valgrind reported many errors related to the use of supposedly uninitialized memory and the CRAN team asked me to tackle these.
| These errors are false positives, because I pass a custom allocator to allocVector3() which hands out memory which is already initialized. However, this memory is explicitly marked for Valgrind as uninitialized by allocVector3(), and I do not initialize it subsequently, so Valgrind complains.
| Now I am asking if it is correct that allocVector3() marks memory as uninitialized/undefined, even if it comes from a custom allocator. This is because allocVector3() cannot know if the memory might already by initialized.
| If this is the intended behavior of allocVector3(), then I am looking for the proper way to get rid of these false Valgrind errors. So to be able to more easily spot the true ones ...
| Which section of _Writing R Extensions_ do you have in mind? I cannot find anything on custom allocators there, but maybe I am using the wrong search terms. No, these object are returned to R and I am not aware that this is a problem / not allowed.

I had the simpler section 6.1. in Writing R Extensions in mind, but you are
indeed using the allocVector3() interface from the public header in
R_ext/Rallocators.h -- but I only see scant mention of allocVector3 in R
Internals.  So I will have to pass. A search of CRAN via the Github mirror
[1] also reveals little ... but includes a hit from your package.


[1] https://github.com/search?q=org%3Acran+allocVector3&type=code

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