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Bug 76932 - rdist leaks memory badly when many except_pat's are used
Summary: rdist leaks memory badly when many except_pat's are used
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: rdist
Version: 8.0
Hardware: i386
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Phil Knirsch
QA Contact:
Depends On:
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Reported: 2002-10-29 17:13 UTC by John Heidemann
Modified: 2015-03-05 01:11 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2003-09-01 12:56:30 UTC

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Description John Heidemann 2002-10-29 17:13:59 UTC
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Description of problem:
rdist leaks memory badly when many except_pat's are used.
This appears to be due to the fact that glibc's re_comp leaks about 100KB per
invocation (see bug 76594).

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

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. set up a distfile something like this

HOSTS = ( other machine )
rmaster1: ${RMASTER1_FILES} -> ${HOSTS}
	install -w -y -R;
	except_pat ${EXCEPT_PAT};

2. run rdist with that distfile (rdist -f distfile)
  make sure there are 100s of files in ~
3. cring as the machine swaps like mad

(See bug 76594 for a much simpler test case illustrating the re_comp problem.)

Actual Results:  the rdist process quickly consumes 100s of MB of RAM

Expected Results:  rdist should run in <30MB ram

Additional info:

IMHO, the proper fix is to fix glibc (see bug 76594).

This patch will work-around the glibc bug by using rdist's internal re_comp:

dash> diff -u config/mf.linux{~,}
--- config/mf.linux~    1998-11-09 19:53:01.000000000 -0800
+++ config/mf.linux     2002-10-24 13:42:28.000000000 -0700
@@ -16,7 +16,7 @@
 # Functions that are missing in this OS are contained in the
 # files specified in ${MISSINGOBJS}.
-#MISSINGOBJS   = $(O)strerror.o $(O)strcasecmp.o
+MISSINGOBJS    = $(O)regex.o
 # System libraries that we need to load.

Comment 1 Phil Knirsch 2003-09-01 12:56:30 UTC
Fixed with newer glibc in newer release.

Read ya, Phil

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