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scons: Tell the compiler to avoid internal malloc when using tcmalloc

According to the tcmalloc readme, the recommended way of compiling
applications that make use of tcmalloc is to disable some
optimizations in gcc that make assumptions about malloc et al. This
changeset adds the necessary compiler flags for both gcc and

From the tcmalloc readme:
"NOTE: When compiling with programs with gcc, that you plan to link
with libtcmalloc, it's safest to pass in the flags

 -fno-builtin-malloc -fno-builtin-calloc
 -fno-builtin-realloc -fno-builtin-free

when compiling."
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@@ -505,6 +505,12 @@ Export('MakeAction')
main['LTO_CCFLAGS'] = []
main['LTO_LDFLAGS'] = []
+# The tcmalloc works best if the compiler doesn't assume that we're
+# using the builtin malloc and friends. These flags are
+# compiler-specific, so we need to set them after we detect which
+# compiler we're using.
+main['TCMALLOC_CCFLAGS'] = []
CXX_version = readCommand([main['CXX'],'--version'], exception=False)
CXX_V = readCommand([main['CXX'],'-V'], exception=False)
@@ -581,6 +587,9 @@ if main['GCC']:
main['LTO_LDFLAGS'] = ['-flto=%d' % GetOption('num_jobs'),
+ main.Append(TCMALLOC_CCFLAGS=['-fno-builtin-malloc', '-fno-builtin-calloc',
+ '-fno-builtin-realloc', '-fno-builtin-free'])
elif main['CLANG']:
# Check for a supported version of clang, >= 2.9 is needed to
# support similar features as gcc 4.4. See
@@ -607,6 +616,8 @@ elif main['CLANG']:
+ main.Append(TCMALLOC_CCFLAGS=['-fno-builtin'])
# On Mac OS X/Darwin we need to also use libc++ (part of XCode) as
# opposed to libstdc++ to make the transition from TR1 to
# C++11. See However, clang has chosen a
@@ -911,7 +922,9 @@ have_posix_clock = \
conf.CheckLibWithHeader('rt', 'time.h', 'C',
-if not conf.CheckLib('tcmalloc_minimal'):
+if conf.CheckLib('tcmalloc_minimal'):
+ main.Append(CCFLAGS=main['TCMALLOC_CCFLAGS'])
print termcap.Yellow + termcap.Bold + \
"You can get a 12% performance improvement by installing tcmalloc "\
"(libgoogle-perftools-dev package on Ubuntu or RedHat)." + \

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