emacs and large-address awareness under recent snapshots

Ken Brown kbrown@cornell.edu
Thu Aug 11 21:14:00 GMT 2011

On 8/10/2011 10:56 AM, Ken Brown wrote:
> On 8/9/2011 10:39 PM, Ryan Johnson wrote:
>> Given that the static heap is only 12MB, with most of that arguably
>> occupied by stuff that isn't going away, what if we did "just ignore the
>> static heap" (mostly)? Anything freed from that regionjust gets dropped
>> on the floor and all new requests are served from the cygwin heap? I
>> assume temacs stays away from the dynamic heap, since otherwise the dump
>> would be corrupted.
> I tried forcing malloc to reinitialize itself in emacs.c, and emacs
> crashed almost immediately.  A gdb backtrace showed that the memory got
> corrupted as soon as realloc got called on objects that were originally
> stored in the static heap.  After reinitialization, malloc had no
> knowledge of memory allocation in the static heap.

I think there's an obvious solution to this.  At the time of 
reinitialization, we save the previous malloc state.  Then if realloc is 
called on a pointer to something in the static heap, we temporarily 
restore the old state and let realloc proceed as it did in temacs prior 
to dumping.

Unless I've (again) missed something obvious, it shouldn't be too hard 
to do this.  I'm about to go on vacation, but I should have a new emacs 
release within a couple weeks.


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