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Re: malloc: performance improvements and bugfixes

On Mon, 2016-01-25 at 16:50 -0800, Paul Eggert wrote:
> Thanks for doing all the work and bringing it to our attention. A couple 
> of comments on the process:
> On 01/25/2016 04:24 PM, Joern Engel wrote:
> > I happen to prefer the kernel coding style over GNU coding style.
> Nevertheless, let's keep the GNU coding style for glibc. In some places 
> the existing code doesn't conform to that style but that can be fixed as 
> we go.
> > I believe there are some applications that
> > have deeper knowledge about malloc-internal data structures than they
> > should (*cough*emacs).  As a result it has become impossible to change
> > the internals of malloc without breaking said applications
> This underestimates Emacs. :-)
> Emacs "knows" so much about glibc malloc's internal data structures that 
> Emacs should do the right thing if glibc removes the hooks in question. 
> Of course we should test the resulting combination. However, the point 
> is that Emacs's usage of glibc malloc internals shouldn't ossify glibc 
> malloc.
So why not fix emacs to stop doing this (purely evil behavior).

If they want to persist their internal state from session to session
there are better ways. For example:

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