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runtime: mark long lived objects with a special flag #17047

dlsniper opened this issue Sep 9, 2016 · 2 comments


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commented Sep 9, 2016


I've been thinking on how to make finding memory leaks a bit easier for Go users.

I would like to ask if it's possible to introduce a runtime flag like GODEBUG=gctrace=3 where the GC would "paint" the long lived objects that live over a long period of time in the memory of the program. Say this could be configured via GODEBUG=gctrace=3,longlived=100s which would express that the user sees the objects that are present for more than 100 seconds printed when the GC runs (the display can be done at a frequency of a few seconds apart so that it doesn't overload output in case of very large applications). An alternative would be maybe instead of a time span to configure a number of GC runs that would need to pass in order for an object to be considered old (but that would imply the user is very savvy about the GC, how it works and how the application should perform).

I know this would imply a runtime penalty but when trying to find a memory leak performance is not the priority.

What do you think? Would this be possible? If you need further details to clarify this please let me know.

Thank you.


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commented Sep 9, 2016

I suspect this proposal is a bit of overkill to find memory leaks. If you have a serious memory leak (actual heap size >> heap size you expect), a random live object is old with good probability.

@randall77 randall77 added this to the Unplanned milestone Sep 9, 2016

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commented Sep 11, 2016

@randall77 thanks for your reply.

That is true, probably it's going to be a bit too much / too noisy. On the other hand, I can't think of another way to make things easier to spot when leaks happen. I'd be happy with having a list of objects that I can then instruct whatever tool will handle this output to ignore as I can mark them as such.

But if there are better ways to achieve this then that would be good as well.

@ALTree ALTree changed the title Mark long lived objects with a special flag runtime: mark long lived objects with a special flag Sep 22, 2018
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