Crash with Python bindings

Subject: Crash with Python bindings

Date: Tue, 12 Jan 2016 10:41:57 +0100



From: Konrad Hinsen

Hi everyone,

I have been writing quite a few Python scripts for notmuch before 
running into a strange bug. Here is a minimal script producing it:

from notmuch import Query, Database

def foo(bar):

db = Database()
q = Query(db, "*")

Running this script (Python 3.5, MacOS X) yields:

[1]    22478 abort      pydev3 Temp/

The crash actually happens *after* db.close(), when the Python 
interpreter exists, and therefore I suspect that no data is lost, but I 
hesitate to use scripts with that behavior in production use.

The strange part is that what causes the crash is the presence of the 
function foo(), even though it is never called. Remove foo and the 
script runs fine. It is also necessary to create a Query object. The 
combination of a function definition (any) and the creation of a Query 
object yields the crash. This looks like a memory management issue, but 
I didn't explore it any further.