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From Jeff Trawick <>
Subject Re: Finding memory leaks in httpd and httpd modules
Date Wed, 17 Feb 2010 18:03:49 GMT
On Wed, Feb 17, 2010 at 12:17 PM, harish kulkarni <> wrote:
> if you are seeing leaks while using apr memory allocation, it's better to
> use apache pool debug
> i am just pasting some portion of the debug logs which i used to debug
> issue, this might help you.
> In the following "request" means that you are allocated memory from request
> processing for given connection.
> "proxy_conn_pool" means allocation happened from proxy connection pool.
> I have found this is best approach to find leaks or allocation procedure of
> apache.

> POOL DEBUG: [14983/3058834320]  PALLOC (      4463/      4463/    143668)
> 0x80ffee0 "request" <strings/apr_strings.c:149> (67/67/0)
> POOL DEBUG: [14983/3058834320]  PALLOC (        81/        81/    143685)
> 0x814c038 "proxy_conn_pool" <strings/apr_strings.c:78> (2/7/1)
> POOL DEBUG: [14983/3058834320] PCALLOC (       249/       249/    143853)

Thanks; I had largely forgotten about the nature of these logs.  That
makes it trivial to see when objects are allocated from the wrong
pool, or find when some structure which has been unexpectedly
reused/overlaid was originally allocated (and from which pool).

I can't say for sure without being in a specific debug situation, but
I'd probably start with finding what was calling brk() then if pool
use seemed to be involved (vs. direct calls to the heap or apr
allocator) and/or I got stuck and/or needed this kind of picture of
pool use I'd rebuild/retest with pool debug and have a look at the
log.  (And that requires being able to reproduce it myself on my own

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