[Bug: 21.5-b28] #'make-vector does not fail gracefully when handled a huge LENGTH
Stephen J. Turnbull
stephen at xemacs.org
Mon Feb 9 20:44:19 EST 2009
Aidan Kehoe writes:
> Dear Bug Team!
> In *scratch*, I evaluate:
> (setq my-thing (make-vector most-positive-fixnum nil)))
> My XEmacs crashes with the following backtrace:
That looks like an OS bug to me. The malloc should fail, shouldn't
The only reliable way to handle this that I can see is to install a
signal handler for this case, which restores sanity and then uninstall
it and signal a Lisp error -- but that involves two system calls. Do
you have a suggestion?
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