Author xdegaye
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Date 2014-11-29.13:44:52
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Out of curiosity I have tried to figure out how to build another test case using the model provided by This cannot be done, and for the following reasons:

The infinite recursion of PyErr_NormalizeException() is supposed to occur as follows: when a RuntimeError caused by recursion is normalized, PyErr_NormalizeException() calls the RuntimeError class to instantiate the exception, the recursion limit is reached again, triggering a new RuntimeError that needs also to be normalized causing PyErr_NormalizeException() to recurse infinitely.

But the low/high water mark level heuristic of the anti-recursion protection mechanism described in a comment of ceval.h prevents this. Let's assume the infinite recursion is possible:
* At iteration 'n' of the infinite recursion, the instantiation of the RuntimeError exception fails because of recursion with a new RuntimeError and tstate->overflowed is true: PyErr_NormalizeException() recurses.
* At iteration 'n + 1', the instantiation of this new RuntimeError is successfull because the recursion level is not checked when tstate->overflowed is true: the recursion of PyErr_NormalizeException() terminates and infinite recursion is not possible.

This explains the paradox that, if you remove entirely the check against infinite recursion in PyErr_NormalizeException(), then the reproducer does not crash and the ResourceWarning is printed even though the recursion limit has been reached.

The attached patch implements this fix, includes the previous changes in _warning.c, and moves the test case to test_exceptions.

History (for reference):
The PyExc_RecursionErrorInst singleton was added by svn revision 58032 [1] to fix the issue titled "a bunch of infinite C recursions" [2].
In parallel, changeset cd125fe83051 [3] added the 'overflowed' member to the thread state.
Interestingly changeset cd125fe83051 was committed before revision 58032, but the whole discussion on issue [2] took place well before this commit was done, and so the fact that the infinite recursion problem of PyErr_NormalizeException() was being fixed by changeset cd125fe83051 as a side effect, went unnoticed.

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