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Fix memory leak in traverse_commit_list

If we were listing objects too then the objects were buffered in an
array only reachable from a stack allocated structure.  When this
function returns that array would be leaked as nobody would have
a reference to it anymore.

Historically this hasn't been a problem as the primary user of
traverse_commit_list() (the noble git-rev-list) would terminate
as soon as the function was finished, thus allowing the operating
system to cleanup memory.  However we have been leaking this data
in git-pack-objects ever since that program learned how to run the
revision listing internally, rather than relying on reading object
names from git-rev-list.

To better facilitate reuse of traverse_commit_list during other
builtin tools (such as git-fetch) we shouldn't leak temporary memory
like this and instead we need to clean up properly after ourselves.

Signed-off-by: Shawn O. Pearce <>
Signed-off-by: Junio C Hamano <>
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1 parent b9217c0 commit 295dd2ad201c0ebb281563750a13d904bd466e01 @spearce spearce committed with gitster Nov 9, 2007
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  1. +7 −0 list-objects.c
@@ -170,4 +170,11 @@ void traverse_commit_list(struct rev_info *revs,
for (i = 0; i <; i++)
+ free(objects.objects);
+ if (revs-> {
+ free(revs->pending.objects);
+ revs-> = 0;
+ revs->pending.alloc = 0;
+ revs->pending.objects = NULL;
+ }

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