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[PATCH] [PR gdb/17143] Improve memory usage of major obstacks


The default obstack alignment on amd64-linux is 16 if one is using
glibc's obstack instead of libiberty's (glibc's includes long double
in the default alignment calculation).

This wastes 10s of megabytes when debugging large programs.

I couldn't find any case where we use long double or DOUBLEST in
either of objfile's two obstacks: objfile_obstack, per_bfd->storage_obstack,
so I'd like to propose this patch.

Regression tested on amd64-linux.

[btw, for another significant memory hit there is pr 14108.
I think(!) it's still an issue.]

2015-09-20  Doug Evans  <>

	PR gdb/17143
	* gdb_obstack.c (gdb_obstack_init): New function.
	* gdb_obstack.h (gdb_obstack_init): Declare.
	* objfiles.c (get_objfile_bfd_data): Call it.
	(allocate_objfile): Ditto.

diff --git a/gdb/gdb_obstack.c b/gdb/gdb_obstack.c
index d8d03df..4cff52e 100644
--- a/gdb/gdb_obstack.c
+++ b/gdb/gdb_obstack.c
@@ -18,8 +18,30 @@
    along with this program.  If not, see <>.  */
 #include "defs.h"
+#include <stddef.h>
 #include "gdb_obstack.h"
+/* See gdb_obstack.h.  */
+gdb_obstack_init (struct obstack *obstack)
+  struct find_alignment
+  {
+    char c;
+    union
+    {
+      ULONGEST i;
+      void *p;
+    } u;
+  };
+  int needed_alignment = offsetof (struct find_alignment, u);
+  obstack_specify_allocation (obstack, 0, needed_alignment,
+			      /* Note: These are macros in gdb_obstack.h.  */
+			      obstack_chunk_alloc, obstack_chunk_free);
 /* Concatenate NULL terminated variable argument list of `const char *'
    strings; return the new string.  Space is found in the OBSTACKP.
    Argument list must be terminated by a sentinel expression `(char *)
diff --git a/gdb/gdb_obstack.h b/gdb/gdb_obstack.h
index 3272721..518a593 100644
--- a/gdb/gdb_obstack.h
+++ b/gdb/gdb_obstack.h
@@ -22,6 +22,13 @@
 #include "obstack.h"
+/* Initialize an obstack for gdb's use.
+   N.B. The alignment of the obstack is set for pointers and LONGEST,
+   but not long double.  This saves 10s of megabytes when debugging large
+   programs.  */
+extern void gdb_obstack_init (struct obstack *);
 /* Utility macros - wrap obstack alloc into something more robust.  */
diff --git a/gdb/objfiles.c b/gdb/objfiles.c
index f6be91e..4364247 100644
--- a/gdb/objfiles.c
+++ b/gdb/objfiles.c
@@ -147,7 +147,7 @@ get_objfile_bfd_data (struct objfile *objfile, struct bfd *abfd)
       if (abfd != NULL)
 	storage->gdbarch = gdbarch_from_bfd (abfd);
-      obstack_init (&storage->storage_obstack);
+      gdb_obstack_init (&storage->storage_obstack);
       storage->filename_cache = bcache_xmalloc (NULL, NULL);
       storage->macro_cache = bcache_xmalloc (NULL, NULL);
       storage->language_of_main = language_unknown;
@@ -375,9 +375,7 @@ allocate_objfile (bfd *abfd, const char *name, int flags)
   objfile = XCNEW (struct objfile);
   objfile->psymbol_cache = psymbol_bcache_init ();
-  /* We could use obstack_specify_allocation here instead, but
-     gdb_obstack.h specifies the alloc/dealloc functions.  */
-  obstack_init (&objfile->objfile_obstack);
+  gdb_obstack_init (&objfile->objfile_obstack);
   objfile_alloc_data (objfile);

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