Bug 221124 - bittorrent 4.4.0-2 has a huge memory leak while downloading
bittorrent 4.4.0-2 has a huge memory leak while downloading
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: bittorrent (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Paul Howarth
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Blocks: FE7Target
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Reported: 2007-01-02 04:47 EST by Alessandro Suardi
Modified: 2008-04-04 17:21 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2008-04-04 17:21:12 EDT
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pmap output of the running bittorrent process (16.45 KB, application/octet-stream)
2007-01-02 05:01 EST, Alessandro Suardi
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bittorrent and python-related packages on the box (1.51 KB, application/octet-stream)
2007-01-02 05:02 EST, Alessandro Suardi
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Description Alessandro Suardi 2007-01-02 04:47:22 EST
Description of problem:

4.4.0-2 leaks horrendously while downloading, and just a bit while seeding.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):


How reproducible:


Steps to Reproduce:
1. fire up bittorrent-gui
2. download a torrent from, say, DIME
3. watch bittorrent leak memory at a rate of 1MB/minute or worse
Actual results:

bittorrent RAM consumption grows inordinately

Expected results:

bittorrent RAM consumption becomes stable after some time

Additional info:
Comment 1 Alessandro Suardi 2007-01-02 05:00:03 EST
This is the output of 'ps' while bittorrent is downloading 1 ~800MB torrent and
seeding three more, in variable sizes from 400MB to 3GB (you can see the
timestamps of 'grep' to see how horrible this is):

[root@donkey ~]# ps auxww | grep bitt
asuardi   6989 33.5  6.1 125304 31792 pts/2    Sl   10:07   0:16 /usr/bin/python
root      7015  0.0  0.1   3884   668 pts/0    R+   10:08   0:00 grep bitt
[root@donkey ~]# ps auxww | grep bitt
asuardi   6989 22.3 20.2 189192 103956 pts/2   Sl   10:07   7:00 /usr/bin/python
root      7035  0.0  0.1   3880   668 pts/0    R+   10:39   0:00 grep bitt
[root@donkey ~]# ps auxww | grep bitt
asuardi   6989 22.7 23.0 203592 118272 pts/2   Sl   10:07   8:33 /usr/bin/python
root      7041  0.0  0.0   1672   308 pts/0    R+   10:45   0:00 grep bitt

The growth is always localized at the same address - attached pmap of the
running process, from which you can see:

[root@donkey ~]# pmap 6989
6989:   /usr/bin/python /usr/bin/bittorrent
08048000      4K r-x--  /usr/bin/python
08049000      4K rw---  /usr/bin/python
0804a000 108620K rw---    [ anon ]

BT and python-related packages are also attached. You might notice the presence
of many BT-5.0.3 related RPMs, which is due to my trying out your 5.0.3 city-fan
RPM; I've downgraded however due to

a) it uses much more memory than 4.4.0 on startup
b) it still leaks, albeit not in this spectacular way
c) torrents stop without clear reasons why and the logs are quite packed with
python exceptions, I've seen three different ones in 24 hours. 4.4.0 is much
less problematic

The only weird thing is that I don't recall such a devastating problem until
recently (but then again I haven't been on FC6 for that long with my P2P box).
Comment 2 Alessandro Suardi 2007-01-02 05:01:27 EST
Created attachment 144630 [details]
pmap output of the running bittorrent process
Comment 3 Alessandro Suardi 2007-01-02 05:02:28 EST
Created attachment 144631 [details]
bittorrent and python-related packages on the box
Comment 4 Alessandro Suardi 2007-01-02 05:09:41 EST
Forgot to say... machine is an AMD K7-800, FC6-latest currently running a
2.6.20-rc2-git2 kernel (I bump it up from time to time), with 512MB RAM.

The problem can be summarized by saying that I can't complete a sizable download
via BT unless I restart the client at least once during the process; if I don't
do that it eventually sends the box into swapping.
Comment 5 Paul Howarth 2007-01-02 05:29:24 EST
Isn't this a duplicate of Bug 204622?

There's not a lot as a packager that I can do about this since the memory leaks
and other issues you've observed really need to be addressed upstream. Could you
try reporting this to bugs@bittorrent.com? I think they'll only be interested in
the issues with 5.0.x though.
Comment 6 Alessandro Suardi 2007-01-02 05:48:50 EST
Doh, forgot to mention that I had noticed bug 204622 - but that one was leaking
very slowly (at a rate that might be comparable to 4.4.0-2 while only seeding,
or 5.0.3 in normal operation as I observed it), while this one leaks like a
broken fountain, and almost all (if not entirely) at the same memory address.

I might still have my FC5 partition around, if that's the case I'll try and see
whether this huge leak happened in FC5 as well. If it does, then it was the FC3
rpm that worked fine...

I will try anyway reporting in the next few days to bugs@bittorrent.com.
Comment 7 Alessandro Suardi 2007-02-05 17:15:22 EST
It appears that after recent updates, namely these:

-rw-r--r-- 1 root root   715016 Jan 26 17:00 glib2-2.12.9-1.fc6.i386.rpm
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root  1315464 Jan 26 17:00 glib2-devel-2.12.9-1.fc6.i386.rpm
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root  6929626 Jan 26 17:00 gtk2-2.10.8-1.fc6.i386.rpm
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root  3171856 Jan 26 17:00 gtk2-devel-2.10.8-1.fc6.i386.rpm
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root    54532 Jan 29 16:27
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root    24712 Jan 29 16:27

the major leak has entirely gone away. If you're interested, I might be able to
play with RPM downgrade to see whether it's possible or not to pinpoint what RPM
package fixed the huge leak...
Comment 8 Bug Zapper 2008-04-04 01:26:47 EDT
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Comment 9 Alessandro Suardi 2008-04-04 17:21:12 EDT
Closing as NOTABUG - actually it WAS a bug but in other packages, as noted above.

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