Subject: brk(2) failed [internal error]: malloc problem or simply not enough memory?
To: None <email@example.com>
From: Klaus Heinz <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 07/21/2002 20:35:10
compiling Mozilla 1.0 I encountered the following error:
cc1plus in malloc(): error: brk(2) failed [internal error]
nsDOMClassInfo.cpp: cc1plus in free(): warning: recursive call.
cc1plus in malloc(): warning: recursive call.
The last two lines repeated virtually endlessly (20 MB logfile) while the
memory consumption of cc1plus grew.
I repeated this and had top running at the same time. When the error happened
again, I saw this 'top' output:
load averages: 1.26, 1.14, 1.09 19:57:34
40 processes: 2 runnable, 36 sleeping, 1 stopped, 1 on processor
CPU states: 21.0% user, 0.0% nice, 78.5% system, 0.5% interrupt, 0.0% idle
Memory: 56M Act, 22M Inact, 488K Wired, 2000K Exec, 32M File, 4368K Free
Swap: 101M Total, 16M Used, 85M Free
PID USERNAME PRI NICE SIZE RES STATE TIME WCPU CPU COMMAND
5008 heinz 63 0 34M 35M RUN 4:40 71.92% 71.92% cc1plus
Assuming 'top' output is somewhat to be trusted:
- The error message above (brk(2) failed) indicates a problem inside malloc().
But at the same time I still see about 4 MB free memory and lots of free
swap space. Am I too naive to expect the system to start putting pages
onto the disk when running low on memory?
- Shouldn't the compiler (even a C++ compiler) die more gracefully?
Removing the '-O2' flag let the compiler run, although it used about the
same amount of memory (ca. 33 MB process size (SIZE and RES)). '-O' had
the same result as '-O2'.
Too bad that it's necessary to disable optimization on slow architectures.
NetBSD 1.6_BETA4 (GENERIC) #0: Tue Jul 9 04:02:40 UTC 2002
Amiga 3000 (68060 rev.1 CPU/MMU/FPU)
total memory = 98304 KB
avail memory = 88312 KB
using 627 buffers containing 5016 KB of memory