[Pythonmac-SIG] PyObjC + AEInstallEventHandler crash?

Jack Jansen Jack.Jansen at cwi.nl
Wed Dec 21 23:40:55 CET 2005

On 21-dec-2005, at 2:51, Bob Ippolito wrote:

>> Trying to figure why the following test app crashes when a 'testtest'
>> Apple event is sent to it:
>> ------------------------------------------------------------
>> # cocoatest.py
>> from PyObjCTools import AppHelper
>> from Carbon.AE import AEInstallEventHandler
>> AEInstallEventHandler('test', 'test', lambda evt, res:0)
>> AppHelper.runEventLoop()
>> ------------------------------------------------------------
>> Additional notes: the test app doesn't crash when
>> AppKit.NSAppleEventManager is used to install the event handler  
>> function,
>> nor when CarbonEvt is used instead of PyObjC.
>> I'm getting a similar crash in some CarbonX.OSA code within a  
>> PyObjC-based
>> app and reckon identifying what's causing the test app to crash  
>> will help
>> me solve the problem there. Any ideas as to the cause, suggestions  
>> where
>> to look, how to debug it more effectively, etc. would be a big  
>> help as
>> I've been stuck on this for more than a day now and have only just  
>> fitted
>> a new laptop case after the last temper tantrum. :p
> My guess is that there's a refcount or GIL bug in
> Carbon.AE.AEInstallEventHandler.

You guessed correctly: AEInstallEventHandler is blissfully unaware of  
refcounts. It simply passes the address of the callback function  
object to the C AEInstallEventHandler, and hopes the object still  
exists when the callback comes.

The workaround is to keep a reference to the object around. Which is  
apparently also the normal case, I think this is the first report  
I've seen of this problem, and I wouldn't be surprised if this code  
even predates my responsibility for the toolbox modules (i.e. Guido  
himself wrote this:-).
Jack Jansen, <Jack.Jansen at cwi.nl>, http://www.cwi.nl/~jack
If I can't dance I don't want to be part of your revolution -- Emma  

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