RE: Relation between free() and remove_vm_struct()

From: Arjan van de Ven
Date: Thu Aug 17 2006 - 06:46:46 EST

On Thu, 2006-08-17 at 13:26 +0530, Abu M. Muttalib wrote:
> Hi Arjan,
> Thnax for your reply.
> > second of all, glibc delays freeing of some memory (in the brk() area)
> > to optimize for cases of frequent malloc/free operations, so that it
> > doesn't have to go to the kernel all the time (and a free would imply a
> > cross cpu TLB invalidate which is *expensive*, so batching those up is a
> > really good thing for performance)
> As per my observation, in two scenarios that I have tried, in one scenario I
> am able to see the prints from remove_vm_struct(), but in the other
> scenario, I don't see any prints from remove_vm_strcut().
> My question is, if there is delayed freeing of virtual address space, it
> should be the same in both the scenarios, but its not the case, and this
> behavior is consistent for my two scenarios, i.e.. in one I am able to see
> the kernel prints and in other I am not, respectively.

I'm sorry but you're not providing enough information for me to
understand your follow-on question.

Arjan van de Ven

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