[PATCHv3,1/7] gdb/remote: remove some manual reference count handling

Message ID ffca16efbcbe84b5762aef185750956cd21dd556.1668789658.git.aburgess@redhat.com
State New
Series gdb: fix target_ops reference count for some cases |

Commit Message

Andrew Burgess Nov. 18, 2022, 4:42 p.m. UTC
  While working on some other target_ops reference count related code, I
spotted that in remote.c we do some manual reference count handling,
i.e. we call target_ops::incref and decref_target (which wraps

I think it would be better to make use of gdb::ref_ptr to automate the
reference count management.

So, this commit updates scoped_mark_target_starting in two ways,
first, I use gdb::ref_ptr to handle the reference counts.  Then,
instead of using the scoped_mark_target_starting constructor and
destructor to set and reset the starting_up flag, I now use a
scoped_restore_tmpl object to set and restore the flag.

The above changes mean that the scoped_mark_target_starting destructor
can be completely removed, and the constructor body is now empty.

I've also fixed a typo in the class comment.

The only change in behaviour after this commit is that previously we
didn't care what the value of starting_up was, we just set it to true
in the constructor and false in the destructor.

Now, I assert that the flag is initially false, then set the flag true
when the scoped_mark_target_starting is created.

As the starting_up flag is initialized to false then, for the assert
to fire, we would need to recursively enter
remote_target::start_remote_1, which I don't think is something we
should be doing, so I think the new assert is an improvement.
 gdb/remote.c | 38 ++++++++++++++++++++++----------------
 1 file changed, 22 insertions(+), 16 deletions(-)


diff --git a/gdb/remote.c b/gdb/remote.c
index 5118ecd0a31..24da3d544d5 100644
--- a/gdb/remote.c
+++ b/gdb/remote.c
@@ -4702,7 +4702,7 @@  remote_target::process_initial_stop_replies (int from_tty)
-/* Mark a remote_target as marking (by setting the starting_up flag within
+/* Mark a remote_target as starting (by setting the starting_up flag within
    its remote_state) for the lifetime of this object.  The reference count
    on the remote target is temporarily incremented, to prevent the target
    being deleted under our feet.  */
@@ -4712,26 +4712,32 @@  struct scoped_mark_target_starting
   /* Constructor, TARGET is the target to be marked as starting, its
      reference count will be incremented.  */
   scoped_mark_target_starting (remote_target *target)
-    : m_remote_target (target)
-  {
-    m_remote_target->incref ();
-    remote_state *rs = m_remote_target->get_remote_state ();
-    rs->starting_up = true;
-  }
+    : m_remote_target (remote_target_ref::new_reference (target)),
+      m_restore_starting_up (set_starting_up_flag (target))
+  { /* Nothing.  */ }
-  /* Destructor, mark the target being worked on as no longer starting, and
-     decrement the reference count.  */
-  ~scoped_mark_target_starting ()
+  /* Helper function, set the starting_up flag on TARGET and return an
+     object which, when it goes out of scope, will restore the previous
+     value of the starting_up flag.  */
+  static scoped_restore_tmpl<bool>
+  set_starting_up_flag (remote_target *target)
-    remote_state *rs = m_remote_target->get_remote_state ();
-    rs->starting_up = false;
-    decref_target (m_remote_target);
+    remote_state *rs = target->get_remote_state ();
+    gdb_assert (!rs->starting_up);
+    return make_scoped_restore (&rs->starting_up, true);
+  /* A gdb::ref_ptr pointer to a remote_target.  */
+  using remote_target_ref = gdb::ref_ptr<remote_target, target_ops_ref_policy>;
+  /* A reference to the target on which we are operating.  */
+  remote_target_ref m_remote_target;
-  /* The target on which we are operating.  */
-  remote_target *m_remote_target;
+  /* An object which restores the previous value of the starting_up flag
+     when it goes out of scope.  */
+  scoped_restore_tmpl<bool> m_restore_starting_up;
 /* Helper for remote_target::start_remote, start the remote connection and