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SubjectRe: Possible memory leak via alloc_pid()
On 07/31, Catalin Marinas wrote:
> On Thu, 2009-07-30 at 23:29 +0200, Oleg Nesterov wrote:
> >
> > Since you can reproduce the problem easily, perhaps you can use the
> > hack above to track get/put ?
> >
> > $ echo pid_of_Xorg > /proc/sys/kernel/xxx
> Below is the minicom capture. By the time Xorg dies, the count is 2.

Thanks a lot Catalin.

> When logging out, there are two counter incrementing events via
> sys_wait4 and sys_ioctl, thoush I'm not sure whether they are
> unbalanced.

wait4() is right, ioctl() looks fine too.

> pgrep Xorg
> 1519
> 10:~# pgrep Xorg > /proc/sys/kernel/xxx
> XXXXX(1519) ==22

Unfortunately there is nothing which looks like a leak. I gueess it is
too late to start the tracking.

I'm afraid this won't really help too, but since nobody has a better
idea for now, perhaps you can do another test?

Pleas rename Xorg to Xorg.origin, and make a simple Xorg script which
does something like


echo $$ >> /proc/sys/kernel/xxx
exec /path/to/Xorg.origin $*

perhaps even this is too late, gdm can do a lot before execing.

Please avoid pgrep/ps/etc, proc adds a lot of noise. Better yet, it
would be nice to start/stop Xorg with /proc unmounted, but I don't
know is this can work without /proc.


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