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From: Hao-yang Wang <hywang@p...>
Subject: Re: Strange memory leak
After I posted the last message, I think I have found out what's wrong.

In the function 'loopy', when it calls into 'zfilter f zz', the variable 
zz keeps holding the head of the lazy list, thus prevents GC from 
reclaiming the memory.

Still, I don't know how to rewrite loopy to plug this leak. Any help?

Thanks,
Hao-yang Wang


>I wrote this bunch of code:
>-----------------------------------
>type 'a zlist = Znull | Zcons of 'a * 'a zzlist
>and 'a zzlist = 'a zlist Lazy.t
>
>let rec zfilter f zz =
>    let z = Lazy.force zz in
>    match z with
>        Znull ->
>            Znull
>      | Zcons(head, ztail) ->
>            if f head then
>                z
>            else
>                zfilter f ztail
>
>let rec build_list n =
>    if n > 0 then
>        Zcons(n, lazy (build_list (n - 1)))
>    else
>        Znull
>
>let rec loopy f zz =
>    match zfilter f zz with
>        Znull ->
>            ()
>      | Zcons(head, ztail) ->
>            loopy f ztail
>-----------------------------------
>From the byte-code toplevel, the following expression evaluates fine
>
>  loopy (fun x -> true) (lazy (build_list 1000000));;
>
>while the following expression produces "Fatal error: out of memory."
>
>  loopy (fun x -> false) (lazy (build_list 1000000));;
>
>Why? In particular, the function zfilter looks tail-recursive to me.
>
>I am using ocaml-3.00, with the Macintosh version of top-level.
>
>Thanks,
>Hao-yang Wang