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Re: Memory leaks in SMP MIPS linux 2.4.9?

To: Krishna Kondaka <>
Subject: Re: Memory leaks in SMP MIPS linux 2.4.9?
From: Ralf Baechle <>
Date: Wed, 28 Nov 2001 15:05:52 +1100
In-reply-to: <>; from on Tue, Nov 27, 2001 at 05:09:00PM -0800
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On Tue, Nov 27, 2001 at 05:09:00PM -0800, Krishna Kondaka wrote:

> I suspect that there are some memory leaks in the SMP MIPS linux 2.4.9.
> I would like to know if any one found the root cause and fixed them.

See patch below for fix.

>       I just ran the script for 3 hours are here is the diff between
>       the out put of /proc/meminfo and /proc/slabinfo before and
>       after the test run ( lines with "<" are before the test and
>       lines with ">" are after the test)

(Try diff -u which generates much more human readable output.)

>       When I did some investigation, it looked like d_lookup() is
>       not finding /proc/meminfo and /proc/slabinfo in the dcache and
>       it is doing d_alloc() to add these to the cache every time
>       cat /proc/meminfo or cat /proc/slabinfo is done. This looked odd
>       and I ran the same script on x86 based linux (running 2.4.2) and
>       I did not see MemFree (or any other caches) changing after the
>       test was run for an hour. I am not sure how this is architecture
>       dependent.

These caches essentially keep growing until you run out of memory which
is when they'll be freed.


--- linux.orig/include/asm-mips/mmu_context.h.orig      Wed Nov 28 14:45:19 2001
+++ linux/include/asm-mips/mmu_context.h        Wed Nov 28 14:47:37 2001
@@ -109,7 +109,10 @@
 extern inline void destroy_context(struct mm_struct *mm)
-       /* Nothing to do.  */
+#ifdef CONFIG_SMP
+       if (mm->context)
+               kfree((void *)mm->context);

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