Bug 836345 - Phtread objects leak in libgs.so (ghostscript library)
Phtread objects leak in libgs.so (ghostscript library)
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: ghostscript (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Tim Waugh
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2012-06-28 15:28 EDT by Philippe Vouters
Modified: 2014-06-04 12:18 EDT (History)
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This zip file contains the Postscript file needed for the test program (16.98 KB, application/zip)
2012-06-28 15:28 EDT, Philippe Vouters
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Description Philippe Vouters 2012-06-28 15:28:05 EDT
Created attachment 595113 [details]
This zip file contains the Postscript file needed for the test program

Description of problem:
ghostscript suffers from a pthread objects leak

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

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Get the program from http://vouters.dyndns.org/tima/Unix-Linux-OpenVMS-Ghostscript-Pthreads_objects_leak_when_posync.html as well as this attachment.
2. $ cc -O0 -g -o test test.c
3. gbd ./test
4. (gdb) break gsapi_new_instance
5. (gdb) break pthread_mutex_init
6. (gdb) break pthread_mutex_destroy
7. (gdb) run
Actual results:
pthread_mutex_init/pthread_mutex_destroy count mismatch. This proves a pthread mutex leak.

Expected results:
count matches.

Additional info:
I have not seen under gdb how to display pthread_mutex_t and pthread_mutex_cond_t types variables and watch out at their state and the thread waiters if any.
Comment 1 Philippe Vouters 2012-07-20 15:03:31 EDT
I have not seen using Ghostript 9.02 sources (ought to also apply to Ghostscript 9.05) a mean to get a gs_malloc_memory_t * pointer from a gs_malloc_block_t * pointer. The contrary is untrue.

Getting a gs_malloc_memory_t * pointer from a gs_malloc_block_t * pointer would have enabled to call gx_monitor_free in gs_heap_free_all (in the for (; bp != 0; bp = np) loop).

As far as observed and remembered from the program's execution under Fedora and Ghostscript V9.05, the application ought to only suffer from a "monitor" allocated pthread mutex leak.
Comment 2 Philippe Vouters 2012-07-20 15:43:36 EDT
Just a correction to my original bugzilla post. The correct cc command is:
$ cc -O0 -g -o test -lgs test.c

I re-executed the code under Fedora 17 (Ghostscript 9.05). I do confirm. The code does suffer from a "monitor" allocated pthread mutex leak (gx_monitor_alloc/gx_monitor_free unpaired). gx_semaphore_alloc/gx_semaphore_free calls are correctly paired.

Yours truly,
Comment 3 Philippe Vouters 2012-09-04 13:08:17 EDT
This actual problem report which is very visible and much impacts the Ghostscript developer on OpenVMS platforms seems to competely pourrish. The actual fault is NOT on Red Hat shoulders but on Ghostscript developers who seem to do their best to protect themselves against any outside point of view regarding their work.

For Red Hat knowledge, I have been strictly unable to directly report the problem to Ghostscript developers. They forced me to report to Red Hat which seems to be also unempowered to correctly draw Ghostscript developers attention onto this full problem report in order to have it at last suitably addressed.
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Comment 6 Paul Wouters 2013-08-16 12:31:15 EDT
This bug is still present in the f19 version
Comment 7 Tim Waugh 2014-06-04 12:18:05 EDT
http://bugs.ghostscript.com/show_bug.cgi?id=693593#c7 indicates that an instance is expected to last for the lifetime of the process.

However, I did fine one suspicious piece of code, which I've reported upstream.

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