Bug 4220 - new sbyte[] causes memory leak
Summary: new sbyte[] causes memory leak
Alias: None
Product: iOS
Classification: Xamarin
Component: XI runtime ()
Version: 4.x
Hardware: Macintosh Mac OS
: --- normal
Target Milestone: Untriaged
Assignee: Bugzilla
Depends on:
Reported: 2012-04-04 02:45 UTC by Paul Sinnema
Modified: 2012-04-04 04:39 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

Is this bug a regression?: ---
Last known good build:

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Description Paul Sinnema 2012-04-04 02:45:15 UTC

I'm trying to implement the ZXing library for scanning of barcodes. During my implementation I got several out of memory crashes. I started to investigate the problem and it seems that it is caused by the sbyte allocation. I've written a small test set that can prove my point. You'll find it below. It happens in a MonoTouch iPhone Application (so the project type is MonoTouch/iPhone/Empty Project). Then cut and paste the code below.

Paul Sinnema

using System;
using System.Diagnostics;
using MonoTouch.Foundation;
using MonoTouch.UIKit;

namespace SByteTest
	[Register ("AppDelegate")]
	public partial class AppDelegate : UIApplicationDelegate
		UIWindow window;

		public override bool FinishedLaunching (UIApplication app, NSDictionary options)
			window = new UIWindow (UIScreen.MainScreen.Bounds);
			window.MakeKeyAndVisible ();
			for (;;)
				using (var alloc = new AllocBytes())
			return true;
		private static int Counter;
		public class AllocBytes : IDisposable
			private sbyte[] testBytes;
			public void Test ()
				testBytes = new sbyte[1024000];

			public void Dispose ()
				testBytes = null;
Comment 1 Paul Sinnema 2012-04-04 03:50:23 UTC
I just discovered that the crash it causes is not the OutOfMemoryException but a timeout. The device log says the following.

Apr  4 09:45:53 iPhone-van-arno SpringBoard[29] <Warning>: SByteTest failed to launch in time
Apr  4 09:45:53 iPhone-van-arno SpringBoard[29] <Warning>: Forcing crash report of SByteTest[12501]...
Apr  4 09:45:53 iPhone-van-arno SpringBoard[29] <Warning>: Finished crash reporting.
Apr  4 09:45:53 iPhone-van-arno com.apple.launchd[1] (UIKitApplication:sbytetest[0x660f][12501]) <Notice>: (UIKitApplication:sbytetest[0x660f]) Exited: Killed: 9
Apr  4 09:45:53 iPhone-van-arno SpringBoard[29] <Warning>: Application 'SByteTest' exited abnormally with signal 9: Killed: 9

I guess I need to do some more testing. I'll try and enhance the App.
Comment 2 Paul Sinnema 2012-04-04 04:37:41 UTC
After carefully testing this in a view I must conclude that my first assumption is wrong. The byte does not seem to be the problem.