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Zend Memory Manager
The goal of the new memory manager (available since PHP 5.2) is to reduce memory
allocation overhead and speedup memory management.
The new manager's "configure" has no "--disable-zend-memory-manager" option,
but it has "--enable-malloc-mm" instead. It is enabled by default in DEBUG
build and disabled by default in RELEASE build. when enabled it allows selecting
between malloc and emalloc at runtime so you can use internal and external memory
debuggers without recompilation.
$ sapi/cli/php -r 'leak();'
Zend MM disabled:
$ USE_ZEND_ALLOC=0 valgrind --leak-check=full sapi/cli/php -r 'leak();'
The Zend MM can be tweaked using ZEND_MM_MEM_TYPE and ZEND_MM_SEG_SIZE environment
variables. Default values are "malloc" and "256K". Dependent on target system you
can also use "mmap_anon", "mmap_zero" and "win32" storage managers.
$ ZEND_MM_MEM_TYPE=mmap_anon ZEND_MM_SEG_SIZE=1M sapi/cli/php ..etc.