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[Xen-devel] [PATCH 8/8] tools/ocaml: Fix stubs build when OCaml has been compiled with -safe-string

From: Julien Grall <jgrall@xxxxxxxxxx>

The OCaml code has been fixed to handle properly -safe-string in Xen
4.11, however the stubs part were missed.

On OCaml newer than 4.06.1, String_Val() will return a const char *
when using -safe-string leading to build failure when this is used
in place where char * is expected.

The main use in Xen code base is when a new string is allocated. The
suggested approach by the OCaml community [1] is to use the helper
caml_alloc_initialized_string() but it was introduced by OCaml 4.06.1.

The next best approach is to cast String_val() to (char *) as the helper
would have done. So use it when we need to update the new string using

Take the opportunity to remove the unnecessary cast of the source as
mempcy() is expecting a void *.

[1] https://github.com/ocaml/ocaml/pull/1274

Reported-by: Dario Faggioli <dfaggioli@xxxxxxxx>
Signed-off-by: Julien Grall <jgrall@xxxxxxxxxx>


    I thought about detecting whether caml_alloc_initialized_string()
    strings exist and implement it if not. This requires a bit more
    work, so I would like to get feedback first whether this is worth
 tools/ocaml/libs/xb/xenbus_stubs.c  | 2 +-
 tools/ocaml/libs/xc/xenctrl_stubs.c | 4 ++--
 2 files changed, 3 insertions(+), 3 deletions(-)

diff --git a/tools/ocaml/libs/xb/xenbus_stubs.c 
index 001bb03371..3065181a55 100644
--- a/tools/ocaml/libs/xb/xenbus_stubs.c
+++ b/tools/ocaml/libs/xb/xenbus_stubs.c
@@ -65,7 +65,7 @@ CAMLprim value stub_string_of_header(value tid, value rid, 
value ty, value len)
        ret = caml_alloc_string(sizeof(struct xsd_sockmsg));
-       memcpy(String_val(ret), &xsd, sizeof(struct xsd_sockmsg));
+       memcpy((char *) String_val(ret), &xsd, sizeof(struct xsd_sockmsg));
diff --git a/tools/ocaml/libs/xc/xenctrl_stubs.c 
index 0fdbeac158..94aba38a42 100644
--- a/tools/ocaml/libs/xc/xenctrl_stubs.c
+++ b/tools/ocaml/libs/xc/xenctrl_stubs.c
@@ -501,7 +501,7 @@ CAMLprim value stub_xc_vcpu_context_get(value xch, value 
        context = caml_alloc_string(sizeof(ctxt));
-       memcpy(String_val(context), (char *) &ctxt.c, sizeof(ctxt.c));
+       memcpy((char *) String_val(context), &ctxt.c, sizeof(ctxt.c));
@@ -680,7 +680,7 @@ CAMLprim value stub_xc_readconsolering(value xch)
                conring_size = size;
        ring = caml_alloc_string(count);
-       memcpy(String_val(ring), str, count);
+       memcpy((char *) String_val(ring), str, count);



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