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bug#27498: 25.2; Memory leak in M-x shell

From: npostavs
Subject: bug#27498: 25.2; Memory leak in M-x shell
Date: Mon, 26 Jun 2017 08:01:14 -0400
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/25.2.50 (gnu/linux)

forcemerge 26952 27498

Ricardo Wurmus <address@hidden> writes:

> Emacs leaks memory as lines are printed in a shell buffer.  Here is a
> recipe:
>     emacs -Q
>     M-x shell
>     yes "This should not leak, but it does."
> Observe the memory usage grow in a tool like “top”.  Once you decide
> that Emacs has eaten enough memory, kill the shell buffer.  Note that
> memory is not released.
> This is a problem for me because I often compile software in shell
> buffers (via “guix build”).  The compilation processes often print out
> very large amounts of text and Emacs quickly eats up all memory on my
> machine, freezing it.  I can only recover from this by killing Emacs
> (which is terrible, because I live in Emacs).

This is Bug#26952, it's due to using the custom "GNU version of malloc"
without the "relocating allocater" (there were several bugs with the
relocating allocater in 25.1).  To fix you can configure with
REL_ALLOC=yes (this should be okay in 25.2), or use Emacs' master branch
where the standard system allocater can be used once again.

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