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Old 07-07-2004, 05:45 AM   #1
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Hi All,

I am an Validation Engineer, i need info on how to verify how to verify memory leak using Linux commands.

Is there any command or tool available in open source, so that i ca use to test memory leak.

Old 07-07-2004, 06:46 AM   #2
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You may find this article helpful. It is focused on memory leak detection on embedded systems but it should apply equally well to regular Linux systems.

Old 07-07-2004, 12:27 PM   #3
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there is a tool called mtrace

modify source code to
#include <mcheck.h>

then invoke mtrace();
at the beginning of main.

export MALLOC_TRACE=memory.log
and run the programm

mtrace my_program $MALLOC_TRACE

also you can use the ccmalloc library as a replacement for malloc and free
as a way to trace mem allocation

also a tool called "Electric Fence"
you can link against that will stop at any bad read/write and tell you what happened
this is the only way i know of to find illegal reads so it's kind of important.
this one will do lots of different stuff by setting SHELL variables so read the manual.

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