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Re^9: memory leaks with threadsby BrowserUk (Pope)
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It's no great surprise that it's not the system apis that are at fault, but the perl source code on top of them.
I'll however wait a bit before submitting a bug report, maybe someone else knows a solution.
Okay, but if the last version of code I posted leaks that badly on 5.9.5, it's most unlikely that there is anything that can be done at Perl level (ie. in your code) to 'fix' the problem. You're going to have to wait at least until dave_the_m and co. at p5p track down and fix whatever is wrong. That's why I suggested the perlbug to ensure that a) it comes to their attention; b) they get all the relevant information they need.
Looking at the problem from a different angle. As you saw by comparing the speed and memory usage of pthreads at the C level, and ithreads at the perl level, ithreads are very heavy by comparison. That's easily explained by the benefits they give you--automatic memory management, explicitly shared, rather than implicitly shared variable spaces, and everything else that is Perl over C. And the work that is involved in achieving those--basically, starting a new interpreter and cloning the current environment each time you start a thread.
What all that is building up to, is that spawning threads for small amounts of work and then throwing them away--whilst very effective in C--is not the best way of tackling a threading problem using ithreads and perl. A better way is to use a pool of threads and re-use them.
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