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[PATCH] Fix for memory leak in xlate code.

From: <kfogel_at_collab.net>
Date: 2005-07-20 21:28:38 CEST


An attempt to load a 90GB dumpfile (of the ASF repository) into FSFS
resulted in intolerable linear memory growth. The problem turned out
to be in the translation code. Because APR was compiled without
APR_HAS_XLATE, apr_xlate_open() kept returning APR_ENOTIMPL, which
meant that there was no resulting xlate_handle to cache, which meant
that instead of getting it out of the cache the next time, we'd try to
generate it again... and again... and again... each attempt using up
some more memory. This is in libsvn_subr/utf.c:get_xlate_handle_node().

Justin Erenkrantz temporarily solved this at the ASF by recompiling
APR with iconv (only to reveal another, slower memory leak, but that's
a separate issue not discussed here). We still needed a fix for
APR_ENOTIMPL in Subversion, so Justin and Ben Collins-Sussman and I
discussed a strategy, and came up with this patch. They've reviewed
prior versions of the patch, but not seen this final one, so they are
absolved of responsibility for any brainos here.

Review welcome!


Plug a memory leak by avoiding repeated failing attempts at apr_xlate setup.

Patch by: jerenkrantz
Suggested by: jerenkrantz

* subversion/libsvn_subr/utf.c
  (enotimpl_handle_node): New file-static variable.
  (get_xlate_handle_node): Use enotimpl_handle_node to determine
  whether to even bother calling apr_xlate_open again. Update and fix
  doc string, which was wrong before anyway.

Index: subversion/libsvn_subr/utf.c
--- subversion/libsvn_subr/utf.c (revision 15373)
+++ subversion/libsvn_subr/utf.c (working copy)
@@ -68,6 +68,17 @@
    memory leak. */
 static apr_hash_t *xlate_handle_hash = NULL;
+/* Non-NULL iff apr_xlate_open() ever returned APR_ENOTIMPL. Since
+ there would be no point ever calling apr_xlate_open() again in this
+ process, we can save ourself some setup work (including memory
+ allocations) by caching a handle_node to return in that case;
+ enotimpl_handle_node->handle will be NULL, of course. Note that
+ apr_xlate_open() could return APR_ENOTIMPL because APR_HAS_XLATE is
+ not defined, or for some other reason. For our purposes it doesn't
+ matter, we just want to remember that it is not implemented for
+ this process. */
+static xlate_handle_node_t *enotimpl_handle_node = NULL;
 /* Clean up the xlate handle cache. */
 static apr_status_t
 xlate_cleanup (void *arg)
@@ -122,12 +133,13 @@
-/* Return an apr_xlate handle for converting from FROMPAGE to
- TOPAGE. Create one if it doesn't exist in USERDATA_KEY. If
- unable to find a handle, or unable to create one because
- apr_xlate_open returned APR_EINVAL, then set *RET to null and
- return SVN_NO_ERROR; if fail for some other reason, return
- error. */
+/* Set *RET to a handle node for converting from FROMPAGE to TOPAGE,
+ creating the handle node if it doesn't exist in USERDATA_KEY.
+ If unable to find a handle, or unable to create one because
+ apr_xlate_open returned APR_EINVAL or APR_ENOTIMPL, then
+ *RET->handle will be NULL (and in the ENOTIMPL case, allocate *RET
+ itself in a child of the top-level pool, not in POOL). If fail for
+ any other reason, return error. */
 static svn_error_t *
 get_xlate_handle_node (xlate_handle_node_t **ret,
                        const char *topage, const char *frompage,
@@ -199,6 +211,14 @@
   if (userdata_key && xlate_handle_hash)
     pool = apr_hash_pool_get (xlate_handle_hash);
+ /* If we failed due to ENOTIMPL before, then we'd certainly fail
+ now, so just return without trying. */
+ if (enotimpl_handle_node)
+ {
+ *ret = enotimpl_handle_node;
+ return SVN_NO_ERROR;
+ }
   /* Try to create a handle. */
   *ret = apr_palloc (pool, sizeof(xlate_handle_node_t));
   apr_err = apr_xlate_open (&(*ret)->handle, topage, frompage, pool);
@@ -229,6 +249,19 @@
   if (APR_STATUS_IS_EINVAL (apr_err) || APR_STATUS_IS_ENOTIMPL (apr_err))
+ if (APR_STATUS_IS_ENOTIMPL (apr_err))
+ {
+ /* Remember for next time that we needn't bother trying.
+ Use the top-level pool because we have no lifetime
+ guarantees about our local pool parameter. */
+ enotimpl_handle_node = apr_palloc (svn_pool_create (NULL),
+ sizeof (*enotimpl_handle_node));
+ enotimpl_handle_node->handle = NULL;
+ enotimpl_handle_node->frompage = NULL;
+ enotimpl_handle_node->topage = NULL;
+ enotimpl_handle_node->next = NULL;
+ }
       (*ret)->handle = NULL;
       return SVN_NO_ERROR;

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