Bug #11174


threads memory leak

Added by cvss (Kirill Vechera) almost 6 years ago. Updated almost 2 years ago.

Target version:
ruby -v:
2.2.3, 2.2.0, 2.1.0, 2.0.0, 1.9.3


There's strong memory growth during intensive thread using.

Script to demonstrate the problem (on x86_64-linux):

loop {
    10.times { { { } }.each(&:join) }
    GC.start # not necessary, just to be sure

Running this script shows RSS growing from 45 Mb at the start time to 700 Mb after few minutes.

$ ruby thread_memleak4.rb
VmRSS:     45036 kB
VmRSS:     66748 kB
VmRSS:     87024 kB
VmRSS:    678052 kB


thread_memleak4.rb (138 Bytes) thread_memleak4.rb cvss (Kirill Vechera), 05/23/2015 09:14 PM

Updated by cvss (Kirill Vechera) almost 6 years ago

  • ruby -v changed from 2.2.0 to 2.2.3, 2.2.0, 2.1.0, 2.0.0, 1.9.3

I've checked the bug on older versions and the 2.2-head: leaks all but 1.8.7

$ ruby --version
ruby 2.2.3p139 (2015-07-01) [x86_64-linux]
$ ruby /tmp/thread_memleak4.rb
VmRSS:     47152 kB
VmRSS:     72872 kB
VmRSS:     90448 kB
VmRSS:    105752 kB

$ ruby --version
ruby 1.8.7 (2014-01-28 patchlevel 376) [x86_64-linux]
$ ruby /tmp/thread_memleak4.rb
VmRSS:      2496 kB
VmRSS:      3688 kB
VmRSS:      2768 kB
VmRSS:      2536 kB
VmRSS:      2536 kB

Updated by parhs (Coding Gorilla) over 3 years ago

I am having similar issue. Even calling open3.capture2 which uses threads results into 250mb of rss memory after a day. 2.3.4 and all 2.3.x.. ,2.4.x

Updated by ko1 (Koichi Sasada) over 3 years ago

  • Assignee set to ko1 (Koichi Sasada)

Sorry I missed it.

Updated by hartator (Julien Khaleghy) over 2 years ago

ko1 (Koichi Sasada) wrote:

Sorry I missed it.

Thanks for the awesome work on MRI.

I still have the same issue on Ruby 2.5.1 (ruby 2.5.1p57 (2018-03-29 revision 63029) [x86_64-linux-gnu]):

VmRSS:     60116 kB
VmRSS:     79448 kB
VmRSS:     89768 kB
VmRSS:     99276 kB
VmRSS:    107916 kB
VmRSS:    113728 kB
VmRSS:    118736 kB
VmRSS:    126600 kB
after 5 minutes
VmRSS:    754552 kB
VmRSS:    757876 kB
VmRSS:    760132 kB

Any idea if it's already fixed somewhere else, or you guys still working on it?

Updated by normalperson (Eric Wong) over 2 years ago wrote:

Issue #11174 has been updated by hartator (Julien Khaleghy).

Any idea if it's already fixed somewhere else, or you guys
still working on it?

I missed it, too :x (and now I'm too sleepy to continue...).

It seems specific to glibc (tested 2.24-11+deb9 on Debian
stable) and does not happen with jemalloc (3.6.0).

And it is NOT because of memalign fragmentation, either(*); I
disabled memalign usage to fallback to the aligned malloc+free
fallback; but can still reproduce it.

Finally, it needs multiple threads to reproduce the issue,
a single thread is not enough.


Updated by normalperson (Eric Wong) over 2 years ago

It seems specific to glibc

That should be "glibc malloc"; and only old versions. The bug
is fixed in glibc 2.28, at least; likely earlier. (glibc takes
forever to build) It's present in 2.24-11+deb9 on Debian.

MALLOC_ARENA_MAX=1 MALLOC_ARENA_TEST=1 does not seem to help.

I forgot one other parameter which IS the culprit in older glibc versions:

MALLOC_MMAP_THRESHOLD_=131072 # or whatever fixed value you want

So the sliding mmap threshold was the problem in glibc; but it's
fixed upstream, at least. Just have to wait for distros to roll
it out...

Updated by cvss (Kirill Vechera) almost 2 years ago

The problem remains on a manually built glibc 2.28 with ruby 2.7.0dev (2019-06-17T14:25:47Z trunk 801d0d9dd7) [x86_64-linux]. So if the problem is related to glibc, the 2.28 version has no fix yet.


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