[openssl-users] Initialising OpenSSL more than once - how do we handle this?

Jordan Brown openssl at jordan.maileater.net
Mon Jul 30 23:17:42 UTC 2018

On 7/30/2018 11:12 AM, Michael Wojcik wrote:
> As for Jordan's objection: If you don't know the source of your
> "leaks", then I can't say I'm particularly impressed with a
> zero-"leak" policy. That amounts to "let's burn a lot of cycles during
> process termination, rather than understand what we're doing".

*Fully* understanding the implications of a bug can be quite difficult. 
Often it is much easier to observe that there is a clear bug, fix it,
and move along.  Are there cases where this particular leak is a
problem?  Just because the developer can't think of any doesn't mean
that there are none.  Is it better to spend developer effort proving
that a particular leak is harmless, or fixing it?

And that doesn't consider the cost to the *next* developer, who runs a
leak test, finds a dozen leaks, and then needs to research each one to
be sure that it isn't a result of their change.

Jordan Brown, Oracle Solaris

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