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Title: apparently leaking snippet
Type: Stage:
Components: None Versions: Python 2.3
Status: closed Resolution: fixed
Dependencies: Superseder:
Assigned To: Nosy List: mwh, nnorwitz, rhettinger
Priority: low Keywords:

Created on 2003-09-18 14:48 by mwh, last changed 2022-04-10 16:11 by admin. This issue is now closed.

Messages (6)
msg18207 - (view) Author: Michael Hudson (mwh) (Python committer) Date: 2003-09-18 14:48
Raymond Hettinger found that the following:

 fd, fname = tempfile.mkstemp()

leaks a reference.  TrackRefs sez it's a string. 
Haven't dug any further.
msg18208 - (view) Author: Michael Hudson (mwh) (Python committer) Date: 2004-08-02 12:56
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I've finally worked out what's going on here.

It's because compiling the file interns the name of the file being 
compiled.  Now that interned strings are mortal, this isn't a big 
deal, but it still results in a string being added to and removed 
from the interned strings dictionary with net result (almost all of 
the time) of incrementing the refcount on 'dummy' by one.  Once 
in every thousand or so iterations this results in the interned 
string dictionary being resized and throwing all the references to 
dummy away, so this isn't a 'real' leak.

OTOH, I'd still like to do something about this (as is, test_pkg 
appears to leak 10 references per run because of this).  The 
simplest thing would be to just plain not intern the filename during 
compilation (I find it hard to believe that it's of any real 
benefit). The more invasive solution would be to not do 
refcounting on dummy (assuming that's even possible) which is a 
scarier change, but would stop similar problems with other tests (I 
have a feeling that test_pkgimport appears to be leaking 
references because of a different incarnation of the same 
msg18209 - (view) Author: Raymond Hettinger (rhettinger) * (Python committer) Date: 2004-08-02 15:11
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Not interning the filename seems cleanest.  Like you, I do
not expect that interning provided any real benefit here.
msg18210 - (view) Author: Michael Hudson (mwh) (Python committer) Date: 2004-08-03 10:25
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Done, in Python/compile.c revision 2.312.

test_pkgimport turned out to be something else 
(sys.path_importer_cache), so I feel no need to try and be clever 
with dummy's refcounting today.
msg18211 - (view) Author: Michael Hudson (mwh) (Python committer) Date: 2004-08-09 13:46
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Reopening, as it turned out interning filenames did do some

Lowering priority as it isn't a real leak.

It's still kinda annoying, though.
msg18212 - (view) Author: Neal Norwitz (nnorwitz) * (Python committer) Date: 2005-12-19 03:36
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I just tested this on 2.5a and there were no ref leaks, so
closing again.
Date User Action Args
2022-04-10 16:11:13adminsetgithub: 39254
2003-09-18 14:48:35mwhcreate