Forum: Ruby Need help understanding exceptions handling from C extension

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Jacob Repp (Guest)
on 2006-02-21 07:39
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I'm working on the test cases for my AIO extension library on windows
and I have been running into this error consistently on one of my

ArgumentError: NULL pointer given
    tc_client.rb:129:in `to_s'
    tc_client.rb:129:in `test_addr_lookup_name_async'

The offending line is in the rescue block:

            q =
            a =
            c =
            n = 0

            assert(a.is_attached?, "should be attached")
            a.lookup("", c, :lookup_complete)

            5.times { n += q.process(100) }

            assert(c.lookups == 1, "didn't receive lookup callback")
            assert(n == 1, "not enough contexts processed")
        rescue Exception => ex
            puts "caught #{ex}"

The exception is raised from q.process which hooks directly to a C
functions and makes another function call to an internal API I
defined. In this code I have my async context handler:

          case CTX_ADDR_LOOKUP:


I believe this is 'raising' an exception. I see in other extensions
the usage of rb_protect() etc. I am under the impression that setjmp,
longjmp is being used to simulate exceptions in ruby, of which I'm
unfortunately not an expert in the usage.

I would like to be able to call out to ruby code without losing my
instruction pointer so that I may deliver the error to a registered
async error facility.

If someone could smack me over the head with a clue-by-four right now
that would be most appreciated ;)

Of course I will continue learning and experimenting but I thouht this
would be a good time to solicit the knowledge of ruby-talk.
Jacob Repp (Guest)
on 2006-02-21 08:34
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I caught the exception using rb_protect() but there is still a problem:

rbaio.c(1279): ruby error: NoMethodError: ???
rbaio.c(1292):  from tc_client.rb:125:in `process'
rbaio.c(1292):  from tc_client.rb:125:in `test_addr_lookup_name_async'

The class name I can interpret okay but when I take $! and call the
to_s method on it I get another exception because of the NULL issue. I
don't yet know why that is the case.

    lasterr = rb_gv_get("$!");

    // class and message
    klass = rb_class_path(CLASS_OF(lasterr));
    //message = rb_obj_as_string(lasterr);
    DBG2("ruby error: %s: %s", RSTRING(klass)->ptr,

Uncommenting the conversion to string results in the NULL error.
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