[petsc-dev] Zero sized VecSetValues

Barry Smith bsmith at mcs.anl.gov
Fri Dec 12 19:16:15 CST 2014


    There is no rational, we will fix it. 


> On Dec 12, 2014, at 11:47 AM, Pierre Jolivet <jolivet at ann.jussieu.fr> wrote:
> Hello,
> Taking http://www.mcs.anl.gov/petsc/petsc-current/src/vec/vec/examples/tutorials/ex2.c.html and changing its 56th line from
> VecSetValues(x,1,&i,&one,ADD_VALUES);
> to
> VecSetValues(x,0,NULL,NULL,ADD_VALUES);
> yield the following error (at least --with-debug=1):
> [0]PETSC ERROR: --------------------- Error Message --------------------------------------------------------------
> [0]PETSC ERROR: Invalid pointer
> [0]PETSC ERROR: Null Pointer: Parameter # 3
> What is the rationale behind first checking the pointers, then doing the work or lack thereof, instead of, first checking if there is some work to do, and only then check the pointers (à la MPI) ?
> Thank you for your help,
> Pierre

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