[svlug] Debugging memory problems

Sanatan Rai sanat at stanford.edu
Thu Jan 17 01:17:02 PST 2002

Thanks! This was most helpful.

: In my experience, the way the Solaris memory manager works,
: it can run some programs that horribly corrupt the memory space,
: at they still seem to run fine.  Linux, Windows, HPUX, etc are much
: less forgiving if the program does something bad to its memory.
: Linux Journal and Linux Magazine both had articles within about the
: last year on debugging memory issues, and mentioned numerous
: free and commercial tools.
: The first thing to try is setting the environment variable
: MALLOC_CHECK_ to 1 or 2 and then try running your code. Here's some
: data about doing this:
: http://sdb.suse.de/sdb/en/html/aj_debug.html
: Another thing which could be a problem is running out of stack
: space.  If you allocate large arrays of data on the stack,
: i.e. as local variables in functions, you might be eating up all
: your stack space.  You can check and change the amount of
: stack space that your process can use with the limit (csh) or
: ulimit (sh) commands.

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