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From "Sander Striker" <stri...@apache.org>
Subject RE: APR pool maintains too much free list
Date Tue, 29 Jan 2002 03:52:18 GMT
Hi Yoshiki,

I'll look at it somewhere this week.  I'm a bit swamped,
but I'll definately take a look.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Yoshiki Hayashi [mailto:yoshiki@xemacs.org]
> Sent: 29 January 2002 04:45
> To: rbb@covalent.net
> Cc: dev@apr.apache.org
> Subject: Re: APR pool maintains too much free list
> "Ryan Bloom" <rbb@covalent.net> writes:
> > This is the point of pools.  The idea is that you should hit a steady
> > state quickly.  Basically, one request goes through, and it allocates
> > all of the memory out of pools.  The next time that same request is
> > sent, it should use the same amount of memory.  For all other requests,
> > it should either use a little more or a little less memory, but at some
> > point you will get a request that uses more memory than any other
> > request, and that is how large your pool will be forever, which means
> > that you will no longer allocate memory.
> > 
> > If your pools are growing too large, then you most likely need to split
> > the allocation into multiple sub-pools, so that the memory is returned
> > and can be used by later operations.
> I guess I wasn't clear enough.  The point is, even if I
> split allocation into subpools and destroy it, the memory
> consumption grows steadily.  If you run my test program,
> you'll see how it's process grows monotonously.
> If the pool policy is to cache all allocated memory chunks
> and reuse them, it should stabilize at some point as you
> say.  However, it doesn't and I guess there's some bug or
> problem in the code.
> I know you guys are all busy, but could you spare some
> moment to actually experiment with my test code?
> You just need to save it and run
> gcc `apr-config --cflags` `apr-config --libs` test.c `apr-config --ldflags` -lapr
> to compile it.  ./a.out DIRNAME and see how the process size
> grows with top or whatever tools you like.  The best
> directory to see the symptom is a direcotry with many
> shallow subdirectories.  Probably apr source directory is OK
> to observe it.
> -- 
> Yoshiki Hayashi

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