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Strings never freed when retrieving text from virtual buffers #591

nvaccessAuto opened this issue Mar 8, 2010 · 1 comment


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Reported by jteh on 2010-03-08 16:37

  1. Open in Firefox and move focus inside the buffer.
  2. Press NVDA+ctrl+z to activate the Python console.
  3. Type:
    ti = focus.virtualBuffer.makeTextInfo("all") for i in xrange(20000): t = ti.text
    Actual: Massive memory leak (NVDA shoots up to about 300 mb here).
    Expected: Uh... no memory leak.
    Note that closing the browser doesn't clean this up.

This happens because VBuf_getTextInRange allocates a string on the server side which is then marshalled to the client but never freed. We figured that ctypes was freeing the string when it was garbage collected by Python (which is actually incorrect, since ctypes didn't allocate it), but it seems that ctypes (correctly) doesn't do this after all.

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Comment 1 by jteh on 2010-03-09 02:21
Fixed in 703bac8 with some cleanup in e226c48.
State: closed

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