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From "Scott Hess" <>
Subject Re: Memory management in 1.3.x
Date Mon, 13 Dec 1999 17:57:19 GMT
My suggestion would be to write a malloc()/free() replacement, and
use -Dmalloc=my_malloc -Dfree=my_free to replace the current uses.  The use
of pools you suggest seems like it would have rather high overhead for
those platforms which already have a suitable malloc library.


----- Original Message -----
From: Tom Harrington <>
To: <>
Sent: Monday, December 13, 1999 9:38 AM
Subject: Memory management in 1.3.x

> I'm porting 1.3.x to an embedded OS with some rather non-Unixish (and
> non-NTish, for that matter) restrictions on memory allocation.  Despite
> the differences I think it's possible.
> What would make this a whole lot easier would be if I could eliminate
> all calls to malloc() and the like outside of src/main/alloc.c, forcing
> all memory requests to go through the memory API.  These malloc() calls
> will need to be rewritten in one way or another if this port is to
> succeed, and it looks like the best solution is to replace them with
> calls like ap_palloc wherever possible.
> So I'd like some feedback on the wisdom of changes like the following:
> * When a malloc() appears, replace it with:
> pool *ptmp;
> ptemp = ap_make_sub_pool(NULL);
> foo = ap_palloc(ptmp, ....);
> * If a corresponding free() appears, replace it with
> ap_destroy_pool(ptmp);
> It appears that this may not work in all cases, but every little bit
> helps.
> --
> Tom Harrington
> CrosStor Software, Inc.

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