A rudimentary Ruby memory profiler that uses pure in-VM techniques to analyse the object space and attempt to determine memory usage trends.
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A rudimentary Ruby memory profiler that uses pure in-VM techniques to
analyse the object space and attempt to determine memory usage trends.

* Takes instantaneous snapshots, and can be used to determine trends
  between subsequent instances.
* Can also be used to detect memory leaks (obscure object references,
  etc.) in particular blocks or sections of code.

Note that this uses pure Ruby code and techniques, without patches to
the VM. As such it is trivial to install and use, but it doesn't have
access to raw memory management/garbage collection data, so is forced
to estimate, and it will affect performance noticeably.

It has been tested with the following Ruby versions (ruby -v):
* ruby 1.8.7 (2009-06-12 patchlevel 174) [i486-linux]
* ruby 1.9.1p243 (2009-07-16 revision 24175) [i486-linux]

This project was inspired by the similar Ruby memory profiler at
http://code.google.com/p/ruby-memory-profiler/ , which was apparently
released under a BSD (or BSD-style) license; but since no attribution
details were included, I haven't copied them here anywhere.

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The simplest way to use this utility is to copy the file:
  lib/memory-profiler.rb
to your project somewhere, and include it directly.

However the correct way is to build the gem, so that you can use it in
all your projects.

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To build the gem:

  gem build memory-profiler.gemspec
  gem install memory-profiler-1.0.2.gem

Then in your code:

  require 'rubygems' # Ruby 1.8 only
  require 'memory-profiler'

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Refer to RDoc documentation for more detail, but here's an example for
using the utility in your Ruby program:

  # start the daemon, and let us know the file to which it reports
  puts MemoryProfiler.start_daemon( :limit=>5, :delay=>10, :marshall_size=>true, :sort_by=>:absdelta )
  
  5.times do
    blah = Hash.new([])
    
    # compare memory space before and after executing a block of code
    rpt  = MemoryProfiler.start( :limit=>10 ) do
      # some activities likely to create object references
      100.times{ blah[1] << 'aaaaa' }
      1000.times{ blah[2] << 'bbbbb' }
    end
    
    # display the report in a (slightly) readable form
    puts MemoryProfiler.format(rpt)
    
    sleep 7
  end
  
  # terminate the daemon
  MemoryProfiler.stop_daemon

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