[Swan-dev] tools for detecting NSS object leaks

Andrew Cagney andrew.cagney at gmail.com
Wed Feb 13 21:53:43 UTC 2019

The awk script:
was written to track NSS pointers.  It assumes that they are
debug-logged in a consistent way.  Invoke it as:

$ awk -f testing/utils/count-pointers.awk
release: pe at 0x7ff34d2a3fc8 unknown: | free_event_entry: release
EVENT_NULL-pe at 0x7ff34d2a3fc8

hmm, bit-root.

valgrind is useless as NSS maintains its own heap.

On Wed, 13 Feb 2019 at 16:44, D. Hugh Redelmeier <hugh at mimosa.com> wrote:
> I spent yesterday discovering and fixing a few leaks of PK11SymKey
> objects.  I happened upon them by reading and trying to understand the
> code.
> Do we have any good tools that would help discover leaks of NSS objects?
> Even a count of live objects would be useful: we could log this at various
> times and then look for anomalies.
> Leak Detective doesn't work on NSS objects.  I guess we could wrap them
> but that seems awkward and a lot of work.
> I understand that valgrind could do the job, but I'd prefer something that
> could be enabled in all our tests.
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