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Re: [libvirt] clone memory leak and libvirt connection selection



On Wed, Jul 22, 2009 at 09:32:31PM -0700, Johnny Luong wrote:
> Hi,
> 
> I'm trying to use libvirt-0.6.5 within a multithreaded application without
> libvirtd and from what it looks like, it appears to have two things
> that are somewhat undesirable:
>   1) It tries to connect to libvirtd which isn't running.  But it does
> eventually connect to the hypervisor.

That is expected - libvirtd should really always be running for Xen since
it provides extra functionality not available from XenD, specifically
virtual networking, network interfaces, storage pools and host devices.

>   2) It appears to leak some memory within a readonly
> connect and close.  This is not too bad but it would be an issue in my
> long lived daemon application.

==13972== 400 bytes in 10 blocks are definitely lost in loss record 14 of 29
==13972==    at 0x4C2260E: malloc (vg_replace_malloc.c:207)
==13972==    by 0x6716CC9: (within /usr/lib/libxenstore.so.3.0.0)
==13972==    by 0x6716E4F: (within /usr/lib/libxenstore.so.3.0.0)
==13972==    by 0x6923FC6: start_thread (in /lib/libpthread-2.7.so)
==13972==    by 0x51C35AC: clone (in /lib/libc-2.7.so)
==13972== 


This is a bug in the XenStore. It secretly spawns a background thread
todo watch notifications, but when you close the xenstore handle it
kills this thread without letting it clean up memory it has allocated.
You can see this helpful message in the xs.c code in the xenstore library

        if (h->read_thr_exists) {
                /* XXX FIXME: May leak an unpublished message buffer. */
                pthread_cancel(h->read_thr);
                pthread_join(h->read_thr, NULL);
        }

Regards,
Daniel
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