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From Ian Holsman <i...@apache.org>
Subject Re: [PATCH] Free memory over a certain threshold back to the system
Date Wed, 06 Feb 2002 19:21:59 GMT
Ryan Bloom wrote:
>>-----Original Message-----
>>From: Justin Erenkrantz [mailto:jerenkrantz@ebuilt.com]
>>Sent: Wednesday, February 06, 2002 8:59 AM
>>To: Sander Striker
>>Cc: dev@apr.apache.org
>>Subject: Re: [PATCH] Free memory over a certain threshold back to the
>>On Wed, Feb 06, 2002 at 01:24:36PM +0100, Sander Striker wrote:
>>>The 'high free' patch.  I'm not sure we want this.
>>>It may hide pools abuse problems.
>>Yeah, I agree we don't really want this.  If we run out of memory
>>with the normal pools, it means that the lifetimes are most likely
>>But, perhaps this could be a #define with a debug option?  -- justin
> We definitely don't want this IMHO.  If the pools are filling up, then
> either pools are the incorrect model for your app, or they aren't being
> cleared often enough.  I would much rather not have this as an option at
> all, because that just encourages people to use it.  :-)
> Ryan
that's not the case at all.
it will stop people using pool (and probably the APR) for application 
which have a large variance in their memory requirements over time.
by not having this patch in your forcing the application to always grow
over time, or at the least always stay at it's high water mark.

Take for instance a message queue. normally the message queue is running
at 2-3 messages in the queue..something borks up on the GET side causing 
the messages to pile up to 2k. the GET side then is fixed and empties 
the queue..
if we had the himem-free patch APR would be a great in here.. without it
the size of the queue will allways be 2k instead of shrinking to 2-3.

i'm +1 on this patch


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