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slice2cs crash

ngarimungarimu Member Michael NgarimuOrganization: PersonalProject: Trading Systems
Hi, I am using slice2cs and getting reproducable crashes.
It seems to be something to do with directory lengths. Please take a look at the example - for self containment sake I have included the slice2cs.exe and its supporting files inside the example.
Please run \IceExample\git_repos\toil\Trading\Pricing\Comms\cs\reproduceCrash.bat to see the problem. Shortening the length of the directories in the location or in the --output-dir can stop the crash happening.
Note that in some situations running with the -d debug flag can also prevent crashes in similar examples.
Please get back to me if you have a patch for this.
Cheers

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  • dwaynedwayne St. John's, NewfoundlandMember Dwayne BooneOrganization: ZeroC, Inc.Project: Internet Communications Engine
    I have been unable to reproduce the crash with your example. Does it crash every time for you? What OS/compiler are you using? When it crashes does it provide any other information?
  • ngarimungarimu Member Michael NgarimuOrganization: PersonalProject: Trading Systems
    We're running with .NET 3.5 SP1 on XP(32bit) with Ice 3.3.1.

    When it crashes it gives the Windows dialog for a selecting whether or not to invoke the debugger. Choosing debug fires up VisualStudio but no stack trace is available.

    I've been able to reproduce this in the office on 3 machines.
  • dwaynedwayne St. John's, NewfoundlandMember Dwayne BooneOrganization: ZeroC, Inc.Project: Internet Communications Engine
    I have been able to reproduce the issue and am currently trying to determine the nature of the problem. In the meantime there appear to be no problems if you do not pass multiple files to the slice compiler, but rather run slice2cs separately for each slice file. So you could try that as a workaround for now.
  • dwaynedwayne St. John's, NewfoundlandMember Dwayne BooneOrganization: ZeroC, Inc.Project: Internet Communications Engine
    I have determined that the issue is caused by a bug in mcpp, the third party preprocessor that we use. I will report the problem to the maintainer of mcpp. Until a new version of mcpp is released it is probably best that you use the workaround I suggested above.
  • ngarimungarimu Member Michael NgarimuOrganization: PersonalProject: Trading Systems
    mcpp problem

    Hi Dwayne, is there any update on this problem with the preprocessor? We are working around it for now.
  • dwaynedwayne St. John's, NewfoundlandMember Dwayne BooneOrganization: ZeroC, Inc.Project: Internet Communications Engine
    I have uploaded a patch for mcpp here.
  • ngarimungarimu Member Michael NgarimuOrganization: PersonalProject: Trading Systems
    patch you supplied

    I tried the patch you supplied and it seemed to work for some command lines, but it appeared to break others that were previously working. The command line it seemed to fix was about 8 files, while the previously working one that it seemed to break was 24 files.

    There is also a chance that I didn't get a patched version built properly. Is there any chance I could get a step-by-step guide for the process to build mcpp and Ice properly on Windows(32-bit XP using Visual Studio 2008)? The documentation for doing that is a bit sparse, especially considering that I'm not really a Windows guy.

    Thanks!

    btw, we are currently using your suggested workaround and processing each file one at a time, but that means that we have external scripts to maintain for doing that. Something I'd rather avoid.
  • matthewmatthew NL, CanadaMember Matthew NewhookOrganization: ZeroC, Inc.Project: Internet Communications Engine ✭✭✭
    I assume you are using visual studio? If so, I suggest you use our VS plugin, which avoids all external scripts.

    http://www.zeroc.com/vsplugin.html
  • dwaynedwayne St. John's, NewfoundlandMember Dwayne BooneOrganization: ZeroC, Inc.Project: Internet Communications Engine
    To rebuild with the patched MCPP you will first have to download the source distributions for MCPP 2.7.2 and Ice 3.3.1, the Ice 3.3.1 third party binaries for VS 2008 (Ice-3.3.1-ThirdParty-VC90.msi) and the MCPP patch posted in the other thread.

    Install the third party binaries.

    Unpack the mcpp source distribution and apply the patch
    cd mcpp-2.7.2
    patch -p0 < patch.mcpp.2.7.2.txt
    
    If you do not already have it, for Windows the patch utility can be obtained here.

    Now you need to rebuild mcpp
    cd mcpp-2.7.2\src
    patch -p0 < ..\noconfig\vc2008.dif
    nmake MCPP_LIB=1 /f ..\noconfig\visualc.mak mcpplib
    copy mcpp.lib C:\Ice-3.3.1-ThirdParty-VC90\lib
    

    Unpack the Ice 3.3.1 source distribution edit cpp\config\Make.rules.mak to set OPTIMIZE=yes and CPP_COMPILER=VC90. Now in a "Visual Studio 2008 Command Prompt" run
    cd Ice-3.3.1\cpp\src\IceUtil
    nmake /f Makefile.mak
    cd ..\Slice
    nmake /f Makefile.mak
    

    Now replace slice33.dll in your Ice 3.3.1 binary distribution with the one in cpp/bin that you just compiled. There should be no need to rebuild slice2cs itself.
  • ngarimungarimu Member Michael NgarimuOrganization: PersonalProject: Trading Systems
    Seems to work

    Thanks for the help. The patch seems to work. I'll let you know if we see any other strange behavior.
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