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[CLJ-898] Agent sends consume heap Created: 16/Dec/11  Updated: 01/Mar/13  Resolved: 27/Jan/12

Status: Closed
Project: Clojure
Component/s: None
Affects Version/s: Release 1.3
Fix Version/s: Release 1.4

Type: Defect Priority: Major
Reporter: Stuart Sierra Assignee: Stuart Sierra
Resolution: Completed Votes: 1
Labels: None

Attachments: Text File 0001-Only-capture-a-shallow-copy-of-the-current-Frame-in-.patch     Text File 0002-Fix-the-already-pushed-fix-for-CLJ-898.patch    
Patch: Code
Approval: Ok


Simple demonstration:

(defn update [state]
  (send *agent* update)
  (inc state))

(def a (agent 1))

(send a update)

On Clojure 1.2.1, this runs forever with no problem. On 1.3.0, it throws "java.lang.OutOfMemoryError: Java heap space."

The problem appears to be clojure.core/binding-conveyor-fn: each send creates a new Var binding frame, and nested send creates an infinite stack of frames.

Also discussed at https://groups.google.com/d/topic/clojure/1qUNPZv3OYA/discussion

Comment by Tassilo Horn [ 16/Dec/11 11:46 AM ]

I've just checked the code: send uses binding (which calls push-thread-bindings, creating a new Frame with non-null prev) inside which the binding-conveyor-fn captures the current frame. When the binding-conveyor-fn runs, the old Frame is restored, and since the wrapped function sends again, a new thread-binding is pushed on top of that.

Hm, one way to get rid of the issue was not to capture the "real" current Frame in the binding-conveyor-fn but only a shallow copy, i.e., a Frame with the same bindings but no prev. I've tried that out, all tests still pass, and the example above won't grow heap without bounds. Patch attached.

Comment by Stuart Sierra [ 16/Dec/11 2:30 PM ]


Comment by Tassilo Horn [ 25/Jan/12 2:24 PM ]

My fix had some small issue as David Miller pointed out correctly in


Attached is a patch that fixes the quirk.

Comment by Tassilo Horn [ 25/Jan/12 2:25 PM ]

Here's the fix for the fix.

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