[pulseaudio-discuss] [PATCH 2/6] Turn device ports into reference counted objects

Tanu Kaskinen tanuk at iki.fi
Tue Nov 8 09:41:43 PST 2011

On Tue, 2011-11-08 at 09:00 +0100, David Henningsson wrote:
> On 11/03/2011 07:33 PM, Tanu Kaskinen wrote:
> > This looks good too. I'd really like the pa_device_port_hashmap_free()
> > function behavior change to match all other *_free() functions, though.
> I do acknowledge the consistency argument, but I think we're over-using 
> asserts in this project in general. From a development perspective, it 
> might be useful, but from maintaining PA downstream, I'm tired of PA 
> crashing every time something happens that the developer did not 
> anticipate.

Are Pulseaudio crashes due to unnecessary asserts really that common

> Especially in destructors like this one, we should could try 
> to free what we can instead of crashing.
> In short, assertions are better than nothing, but proper error handling 
> is better than assertions.

In my opinion assertions are proper error handling when the error in
question is a programming error in our own code.


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