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> unanchored GC references to FFI cdata

Could you give an example of an unanchored reference?

On Wed, Sep 14, 2011 at 5:25 AM, Mike Pall <> wrote:
> David Hollander wrote:
>> I am experiencing intermittent segfaults when using the FFI, binding
>> to the glob headers or poll headers and creating lots of stuff. strace
>> reports SEGV_MAPERR, when using x86_64 Linux 3.0.4-1 and GCC 4.6.1-4
>> (Arch Linux). The same program does not produce segfaults on Linux
>> 2.6.38-10 and GCC 4.5.2-8 (Ubuntu),  or when garbage collection is
>> turned off using: garbagecollection 'stop' . The LuaJIT version is the
>> git HEAD.
> This could be anything, esp. problems in your code with unanchored
> GC references to FFI cdata. GC problems usually show up as random
> crashes, so it's not surprising to see this happen on one system,
> but not on others. I don't think the GCC version has any influence,
> except it causes a slightly different memory layout.
> SEGV_MAPERR hints that you should check whether all library
> handles from ffi.load() are anchored. Most of the time this is
> already done indirectly through upvalues (e.g. use of mylib.myfunc
> in a Lua function). That's not the only possible cause for this
> error, though.
> To track the problem down: compile everything with debug symbols,
> compile LuaJIT with assertions turned on and run it under gdb.
> --Mike