A couple of months ago I was faced with an issue that was fairly hard to debug:
Hackathons are a great place to see noteworthy issues. Yesterday's highlight: endless recursion in Storyboard @LAHacks— Benjamin Encz (@benjaminencz) April 5, 2015
What I found out, after about 30 minutes of debugging, was the following:
The hackathon attendee hat mistakenly set the
accessoryView of a
UITableViewCell to the
UITableView in which the cell was contained - causing an endless recursion during the first layout cycle.
This however wasn’t immediately obvious to me since the symptom was an exception within the
Fixed in iOS 9
Today I wanted to see if it is possible to reproduce the issue with Xcode 7 Beta 3.
Indeed, I can still cause the crash. However, instead of causing a stack overflow the app now terminates because
CALayer throws an exception:
CrashTableViewCell[33582:11713163] *** Terminating app due to uncaught exception 'CALayerInvalid', reason: 'layer <CALayer: 0x7f875943c730> is a part of cycle in its layer tree
I couldn’t find any reference to this exception in a Stack Overflow exception so I assume the cycle detection is new in iOS 9.
This fix will likely save some headaches!
It also serves as a good real world example of detecting cycles in directed graphs.