iteratee [Haskell] ANN: -0.7.0.2 and 0.8.0.1 released
dagitj at gmail.com
Tue Feb 15 17:15:14 GMT 2011
On Tue, Feb 15, 2011 at 8:50 AM, John Lato <jwlato at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi Jason,
> (cc'd to iteratee at projects.haskell.org)
> No, I didn't. When I discovered it I intended to write a bug report in the
> Trac instance, but the community server was still having problems so I
> couldn't. I'll try again tonight, but until then here's a quick description
> of the memory leak fixed in the most recent point release.
> The functions "enumHandle", "enumFd", and variants suffered from a memory
> leak. They allocated a temporary buffer with 'malloc' that was never
> free'd. The current solution uses a combination of
> "Control.MonadCatchIO.bracket" and "free" to ensure the memory is released.
Oh, I see. That is problematic.
> Unfortunately this suffers from the short-circuiting monad bug in
> MonadCatchIO. If an iteratee is used with a short-circuiting monad (e.g.
> ErrorT), the memory can still fail to be released.
> A better solution would be to use "alloca" or a ForeignPtr to obtain and
> release the memory automatically, however this will require switching from
> MonadCatchIO. I'm likely to make this switch with the next major release,
> however I thought it best to provide a point release that fixes the most
> common cases in the interim.
Thank you for doing that stop-gap point release. It's very considerate to
users of your library. I wish more libraries thought that far ahead :)
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