[Rd] Memory leak with tons of closed connections

Gábor Csárdi csardi.gabor at gmail.com
Fri Nov 11 14:12:33 CET 2016

On Fri, Nov 11, 2016 at 12:46 PM, Gergely Daróczi
<daroczig at rapporter.net> wrote:
>> I've changed the above to *print* the gc() result every 1000th
>> iteration, and after 100'000 iterations, there is still no
>> memory increase from the point of view of R itself.

Yes, R does not know about it, it does not manage this memory (any
more), but the R process requested this memory from the OS, and never
gave it back, which is basically the definition of a memory leak. No?

I think the leak is because 'stdin' is special and R opens it with fdopen():

and then it does not close it:

I understand that R cannot fclose the FILE*, because that would also
close the file descriptor, but anyway, this causes a memory leak. I

It seems that you cannot close the FILE* without closing the
descriptor, so maybe a workaround would be to keep one FILE* open,
instead of calling fdopen() to create new ones every time. Another
possible workaround is to use dup(), but I don't know enough about the
details to be sure.



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