[petsc-dev] DMPlexCreateSection crash in a no-boundary corner case

Geoffrey Irving irving at naml.us
Thu Nov 21 12:42:12 CST 2013

On Thu, Nov 21, 2013 at 8:11 AM, Matthew Knepley <knepley at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Wed, Nov 20, 2013 at 10:35 PM, Geoffrey Irving <irving at naml.us> wrote:
>> DMPlexCreateSection expects that the boundary index sets its given are
>> non-null.  However, if these are retrieved via DMPlexGetStratumIS from
>> a label generated by DMPlexMarkBoundaryFaces, the index sets will come
>> out null, causing the following error.
>> In my case this was caused by a bug: my DMPlex creation routine is
>> broken.  However, it could also arise from a mesh without boundary,
>> such as a Klein bottle.  Do we care about this kind of corner case?
>> If so, what's the right fix?  Two example possibilities are
>> 1. Make DMPlexCreateSection treat null index sets as no boundary.
>> 2. Make DMPlexMarkBoundaryFaces ensure that the stratum for value 1 is
>> "there" even though it is empty.  I'm not sure if this makes sense in
>> the desired semantics.
> My preference is to have the code calling DMPlexCreateSection() check for NULL
> when it extracts the IS and decrement numBC if this happens.

That works.


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