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On Mon, 23 Apr 2012 09:38:12 -0700
Bart Schaefer <schaefer@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Apr 23,  4:27pm, Peter Stephenson wrote:
> } What's the right thing to do?  There are various grades ranging from
> } making it compilable out, through making it compile-time configurable
> } with an option to compile out, through making it an option to have the
> } check turned on, to having a variable that we check using getiparam()
> } each time, to having a special variable so that we don't need to get it
> } each time.  I think the last option with a clearly named variable such
> } as ZSH_MAX_ARRAY_LENGTH that can be set to 0 to turn it off is probably
> } the best.
> I think something based on one of the process limits would be good.
> Maybe combined with stashing it in a variable that can be modified.
> Maybe even putting that variable in a module so it's not visible in a
> barebones shell.
> datasize, stacksize, and addressspace are all candidates for how to
> figure out the limit.  (Do we ever allocate arrays for zsh parameter
> expansion on the stack?)

I don't really know how to estimate the array size, however, since it
consists of the array length and the size occupied by each element, and
it depends what the elements are doing.  So the relationship between the
limit and the size of the array is very vague, to the point where I'm
not sure if it's useful.  Nor is it clear to me that basing per-array
limits on global limits is useful --- it's only helpful in practice if
you've got one, single large array.  If you treat as some sort of finger
in the air estimate as to how much space the user is likely to be able
to cram into an array, I'm still not sure you can do it well enough to
make it useful.  Furthermore, here are my limits (which, like most
users, I haven't touched):

cputime         unlimited
filesize        unlimited
datasize        unlimited
stacksize       8MB
coredumpsize    unlimited
memoryuse       unlimited
maxproc         1024
descriptors     1024
memorylocked    64kB
addressspace    unlimited
maxfilelocks    unlimited
sigpending      15927
msgqueue        819200
nice            0
rt_priority     0

The only relevant useful one is stacksize; but array length doesn't have
direct implications for the stack.

So I don't see anything I personally would be able to implement here,
though if anyone else has ideas they're certainly welcome to look.

Indeed, given the original intention, is it actually useful to apply the
limit to anything other than the argument array?

As something to do now, I'd be tempted either to "#if 0" the code until
someone can come up with a replacement that is demonstrably useful, or
implement $ZSH_MAX_ARRAY_LENGTH and initialise it to 0 (no limit),
applying it at the current definitely non-optimal location.  Either
option at least gives us something basic usable, which the current code
isn't really.  Anything beyond that still seems to be somewhat
ill-defined and I'd like finally to have something non-broken ASAP.

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