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authorLinus Torvalds <>2006-05-28 18:37:23 (GMT)
committerJunio C Hamano <>2006-05-28 20:27:51 (GMT)
commit91b452cba9ff4dd92ded61020179a81d4876efe3 (patch)
tree04f2b2c521718d45288ded3e277634229c0efb03 /builtin-rev-list.c
parent756944350d675bd3c08130df337b776f189ed752 (diff)
Fix memory leak in "git rev-list --objects"
Martin Langhoff points out that "git repack -a" ends up using up a lot of memory for big archives, and that git cvsimport probably should do only incremental repacks in order to avoid having repacking flush all the caches. The big majority of the memory usage of repacking is from git rev-list tracking all objects, and this patch should go a long way in avoiding the excessive memory usage: the bulk of it was due to the object names being leaked from the tree parser. For the historic Linux kernel archive, this simple patch does: Before: /usr/bin/time git-rev-list --all --objects > /dev/null 72.45user 0.82system 1:13.55elapsed 99%CPU (0avgtext+0avgdata 0maxresident)k 0inputs+0outputs (0major+125376minor)pagefaults 0swaps After: /usr/bin/time git-rev-list --all --objects > /dev/null 75.22user 0.48system 1:16.34elapsed 99%CPU (0avgtext+0avgdata 0maxresident)k 0inputs+0outputs (0major+43921minor)pagefaults 0swaps where we do end up wasting a bit of time on some extra strdup()s (which could be avoided, but that would require tracking where the pathnames came from), but we avoid a lot of memory usage. Minor page faults track maximum RSS very closely (each page fault maps in one page into memory), so the reduction from 125376 page faults to 43921 means a rough reduction of VM footprint from almost half a gigabyte to about a third of that. Those numbers were also double-checked by looking at "top" while the process was running. (Side note: at least part of the remaining VM footprint is the mapping of the 177MB pack-file, so the remaining memory use is at least partly "well behaved" from a project caching perspective). For the current git archive itself, the memory usage for a "--all --objects" rev-list invocation dropped from 7128 pages to 2318 (27MB to 9MB), so the reduction seems to hold for much smaller projects too. For regular "git-rev-list" usage (ie without the "--objects" flag) this patch has no impact. Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <> Signed-off-by: Junio C Hamano <>
Diffstat (limited to 'builtin-rev-list.c')
1 files changed, 3 insertions, 0 deletions
diff --git a/builtin-rev-list.c b/builtin-rev-list.c
index f11dbd6..5277d3c 100644
--- a/builtin-rev-list.c
+++ b/builtin-rev-list.c
@@ -103,6 +103,7 @@ static struct object_list **process_blob(struct blob *blob,
if (obj->flags & (UNINTERESTING | SEEN))
return p;
obj->flags |= SEEN;
+ name = strdup(name);
return add_object(obj, p, path, name);
@@ -122,6 +123,7 @@ static struct object_list **process_tree(struct tree *tree,
if (parse_tree(tree) < 0)
die("bad tree object %s", sha1_to_hex(obj->sha1));
obj->flags |= SEEN;
+ name = strdup(name);
p = add_object(obj, p, path, name);
me.up = path;
me.elem = name;
@@ -134,6 +136,7 @@ static struct object_list **process_tree(struct tree *tree,
p = process_tree(entry->item.tree, p, &me, entry->name);
p = process_blob(entry->item.blob, p, &me, entry->name);
+ free(entry->name);
entry = next;