[fdo-internals] gcc mt_alloc related bugs?

Traian Stanev traian.stanev at autodesk.com
Fri Feb 16 01:30:46 EST 2007

Yikes! I think a repressed memory is coming back. I gave up on getting my x64 MapGuide build to run after failing to resolve such an error in Xalan strings. I was using gcc 3.4 also.

	-----Original Message----- 
	From: fdo-internals-bounces at lists.osgeo.org on behalf of Frank Warmerdam (External) 
	Sent: Fri 2/16/2007 3:26 AM 
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	Subject: [fdo-internals] gcc mt_alloc related bugs? 

	I mentioned a couple days ago that I was still seeing crashes under
	some circumstances after my 64bit fixes.  I have spent more hours than
	I wish to contemplate digging into these crashes and have not come up
	with a particular satisfying answer.
	The crashes seemed to be related to corruption of the freelist
	datastructures maintained by the mt_alloc allocator for stl vector
	objects (ie. the XalanDOMString).
	On Linux with glibc it seems you can define the environment variable
	GLIBCXX_FORCE_NEW to force a new and delete to be done each time stl
	container allocate or free memory, instead of using the mt_alloc pool
	allocator.  This seems to avoid the problem.  I *thought* when running
	in this mode I would finally be able to find the bug in the FDO code
	using valgrind, but things run perfectly clean!
	Based on a variety of googling, I am now suspecting that my Ubuntu
	gcc 3.4 build is suffering from the problem described at:
	So, if people are running into strange crashes, and tracebacks in
	gcc show it being deep in the glibc mt_allocator while destroying
	XalanDOMString's, I would suggest defining the GLIBCXX_FORCE_NEW
	environment variable.  I results in a 20-30% speed reduction in
	the FDO core unit tests, so there is a performance impact.  But things
	run clean.
	I *imagine* this is fixed in newer versions of Debian/Ubuntu.  I'm running
	one generation behind (Ubuntu Breezy Badger).
	God my head hurts.
	PS. Google on mt_alloc and GLIBCXX_FORCE_NEW is educational for those
	so inclined.  Mateusz - please read up on this so you can help me next time
	I have this problem, and I've completely forgotten what I learned this time.
	Now enjoying my FDO Core UnitTest results:
	OK (102)
	Best regards,
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