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gdb.Value instances created from python aren't released until the next command

I have seen a problem with memory consumption when using python
scripts. In my case I work against a core dump and analys heap data
(performance is good and we can analys a lot of data).

I have made a small example that I belive demonstrates the same problem:
import gdb
import gc
class T1Command (gdb.Command):
    def __init__ (self):
        super (T1Command, self).__init__ ("t1", gdb.COMMAND_DATA,
    def invoke (self, arg, from_tty):
        # change sym to any available structure
        val = gdb.parse_and_eval("sym")
        for i in range(6000000):
            # change f to any field in structure

class T2Command (gdb.Command):
    def __init__ (self):
        super (T2Command, self).__init__ ("t2", gdb.COMMAND_DATA,
    def invoke (self, arg, from_tty):
        print "t2"


Here are two commands, running the command "t1" will consume a lot of
memory. Running the command "t2" will release memory created while
running "t1".
(gdb) python execfile('/path/')
(gdb) t1
(gdb) t2

As I see it there shouldn't be any reason for it to consume memory as
long as the Python instances are released.

>From my own investigation it seems that it is 'struct value' that is
not released until the next command is run. While running the command
I can see that this funtion in 'gdb/python/py-value.c' is called:
/* Called by the Python interpreter when deallocating a value object.  */
static void
valpy_dealloc (PyObject *obj)

but reference count is 2 when called so we wont release it.

When you start a new command, the 'struct value' are released when
calling this function in 'gdb/value.c':
/* Free all the values that have been allocated (except for those released).
   Call after each command, successful or not.
   In practice this is called before each command, which is sufficient.  */
free_all_values (void)

Also I see the same pattern for non-python commands. Is this how it is
intended to work? Can you see any other way how to make it work?


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