[sr-dev] [kamailio/kamailio] pv: log uninit $var() (PR #3114)

Daniel-Constantin Mierla notifications at github.com
Tue May 17 15:58:33 CEST 2022

@smititelu, @pkuzak - it is a misunderstanding of what $var() is supposed to do and how it acts. It is not only about an extra int field, it is about the concept behind $var().

What @smititelu gave as an example is what the note in docs try to say and what I gave as an example above. 

It can create big problems no matter is with the warning or not in the C code, because it still keeps the value from previous assignment.

Let's say you have this situation:

- first request has SOME_HEADER (the variable is assigned, and by that no warning log)
- the next request is without SOME_HEADER, but the var still has the value from first request and practically, during processing the 2nd request you use wrong value

Coming back to @smititelu example, you have to set var to a value that you can compare with, like:

if (is_present_hf("SOME_HEADER")) {
    $var(data) = _get_data_from_some_header_;
if ($var(data) != "") {

Which is same concept as with my `while` example above.

Or use $x/avp() without setting a value and compare with $null.

As I said, I don't see any benefit with the PR, irrelevant of being optional or not.

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