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CDB_File memory leak

by devnul (Monk)
on Apr 29, 2009 at 18:09 UTC ( #760939=perlquestion: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

devnul has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:


I seem to be having an issue with CDB_File (0.96) I've reproduced this on OS-X 10.5.2, FreeBSD 7.1, and SuSe 10x, so I think it must be in the module and not system related. (Or, maybe, I'm using it wrong).

At any rate, here is some code:

use strict; use CDB_File; my $cdb_file = 'test.cdb'; my $cdb = CDB_File->new($cdb_file, "$cdb_file.tmp") or die "Unable to +create CDB file: $!"; while(1) { $cdb->insert('leak', 1); }

When this script runs the process's memory footprint grows larger and larger. I thought it might be related to re-inserting the same key over-and-over, so I changed it to something like 'leak'.$i and observed the same behavior.

I reported this as a bug at, but thought maybe I'd post it here in case other's had (or have, or will have) a similar issue and someone has a solution.

Thanks, as always!

- dEvNuL

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Re: CDB_File memory leak
by runrig (Abbot) on Apr 29, 2009 at 19:56 UTC
    From the docs:
    A cdb file can contain repeated keys. If the insert method is called more than once with the same key during the creation of a cdb file, that key will be repeated.
    Update: nevermind...this doesn't explain a memory leak..unless the cdb file was in memory (or is it until the finish() method is called?) :-(
      You might be right.... I never peeked under the hood to see how its doing its stuff, I bet based on what I'm reading in CDB_File::Generator, that it sorts the keys.. Maybe thats why its so fast, after all...

      - dEvNuL
Re: CDB_File memory leak
by perrin (Chancellor) on Apr 29, 2009 at 20:36 UTC
    Not a direct answer to your question, but BerkeleyDB is both faster and more widely used if you're looking for an alternative.
      Thanks for the suggestion... My experience as well as this PDF would seem to indicate that CDB when working with read-only data (as I am here) is the fastest thing out there.

      - dEvNuL
        Somewhat old, but DBD trounced it in this one. You can also adjust the cache size with DBD, which often makes it faster on systems with a lot of RAM.

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