Bug 35416 - Crash when pInvoking a C function with a string parameter on El Capitan using Mono.framework
Summary: Crash when pInvoking a C function with a string parameter on El Capitan using...
Alias: None
Product: Runtime
Classification: Mono
Component: General (show other bugs)
Version: 4.0.0
Hardware: Macintosh Mac OS
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Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Bugzilla
: 34774 (view as bug list)
Depends on:
Reported: 2015-10-30 14:58 UTC by Marlin Prowell
Modified: 2018-01-05 15:09 UTC (History)
8 users (show)

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Is this bug a regression?: ---
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Description Marlin Prowell 2015-10-30 14:58:30 UTC
This bug is related to https://bugzilla.xamarin.com/show_bug.cgi?id=34774.  The same crash occurs when using the Xamarin distributed 32 bit Mono.framework rather than a custom 64-bit framework as described in bug 34774.

Please see https://github.com/mcneel/mono_embed for a sample to reproduce.

In main.cpp of the sample, replace the MONO_64_PATH string with "/Library/Frameworks/Mono.framework/Versions/Current".  Fix EMBED_TEST_PATH.  Be sure to change the Xcode mono_embed > Build Settings > Architectures setting to 32-bit Intel.

This sample uses the 32 bit Mono.framework and executes a method written in C#.
The C# method in turn calls two exported C functions (one that takes an int and
a double as parameters and one that takes a string).

On Yosemite / Xcode 6.4 this sample runs with no errors

On El Capitan / Xcode 7.1 this sample crashes when attempting to debug inside of
Xcode. The crash occurs when trying to call the C function with a string
parameter. When the Xcode debugger is NOT attached, this sample also runs with
no problems on El Capitan.
Comment 1 Chris Hamons 2015-11-10 10:51:45 UTC
I can reproduce this.

- If I use a brand new mono / master (c765316) 64-bit and the app in 64-bit, everything works great, both debugging and running
- If I swap to my installed system mono (804ddbc) and set the app to 32-bit, everything works when I run from command line but if I debug, I crash with this stack:


I'm going to try a system mono patching the 64-bit version I built to see if that changes behavior.
Comment 2 Chris Hamons 2015-11-10 11:25:47 UTC
Trying a173357 (one after c765316, which did not have a build available) gives same behavior.
Comment 3 Rodrigo Kumpera 2015-11-10 11:41:23 UTC
Hi Alex,

Could you take a look at this one?
Comment 4 Marlin Prowell 2015-11-10 11:43:23 UTC
I have also been actively pursuing this problem.  I found that a patch from LogosBible 
https://github.com/mono/mono/commit/3adcd34f783a870cc07ab8d9c3b2782328b0938f fixes the crash in the test program and in our 64 bit application.  That patch is in master, so anything built after Nov 2 would work.

However, we found that our 64 bit application then started crashing *Xcode*.  More info here:
http://lists.ximian.com/pipermail/mono-osx/2015-November/005336.html.  We do not yet have a simple test case to show this new problem.
Comment 5 Marlin Prowell 2015-11-10 11:44:39 UTC
If I can duplicate the Xcode crash with a simple test program, I will file it as a new bug and post a reference here.
Comment 6 Marlin Prowell 2015-11-17 15:03:59 UTC
I cannot duplicate the Xcode crash with simple test programs.  Unfortunately, the Xcode crash only happens with our large CAD program.

In searching for work-arounds, I tried duplicating this issue using the Xamarin.Mac frameworks.  A Xamarin.Mac test program also crashed when run inside Xcode but did not crash when run from the command line.  See https://bugzilla.xamarin.com/show_bug.cgi?id=35948 for details.
Comment 8 Ludovic Henry 2018-01-05 14:56:51 UTC
*** Bug 34774 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 9 Ludovic Henry 2018-01-05 15:09:26 UTC
I cannot reproduce with Mono (2017-12/dcaf47f5187), please reopen if you still can. Thank you.

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