[Dev] tizen-common kernel xattr memory leak

José Bollo jose.bollo at open.eurogiciel.org
Thu Oct 9 09:42:50 GMT 2014

Hi Janusz,

On gio, 2014-10-09 at 11:20 +0200, Janusz Kozerski wrote:
> Hi Stephane,
> I have a question about tizen-commom kernel. I think there is some issue in this
> kernel. It looks like the kernel have a memory leak while writing to the xattrs.
> Could you check it?
> I've wrote a simple bash script-test. This command will add a random text value
> to a "user.test" xattr for every file on a filesystem (these xattrs shoudn't
> break anything):
> ---
> find / \( -fstype rootfs -o -fstype ext4 \) -exec setfattr -n user.test1 -v
> $(cat /dev/urandom | tr -dc 'a-zA-Z0-9' | fold -w 228 | head -n 1) '{}' \;
> 2>/dev/null
> ---

I've just tried to do the same but I replaced setfattr with cat
> /dev/null

And I also see on my image that the used memory raise from 442kB to

I'm guessing that the leak is coming from the file caching of the
In man 5 proc, I found that "echo 1 > /proc/sys/vm/drop_caches" reverts.
Can you try?

Best regards

> Run in one console a 'top' command, look at the amount of free memory (keep this
> 'top' process alive). In other console run the script, and go back to the first
> console and look at the memory counter. On my machine after running this script
> there is about 100MB taken by the kernel (the "find" process itself takes no
> more then a few MB). And even if the "find...' command is done the memory isn't
> freed.
> What is intreresting: no mather how many times I will run the commad - the
> memory leak occurs only once.
> We're trying to find the cause in kernel source.
> (+ Tizen dev list)
> BR,
> Janusz Kozerski
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