[Python-Dev] possible memory leak on windows (valgrind report)

Guido van Rossum guido at python.org
Mon Sep 19 18:50:18 CEST 2005

On 9/19/05, Neal Norwitz <nnorwitz at gmail.com> wrote:
> I ran 2.4.x through valgrind and found two small problems on Linux
> that have been fixed.  There may be some other issues which could
> benefit from more eyes (small, probably one time memory leaks).  The
> entire run is here:
> http://python.org/valgrind-2.4.2.out
> (I need to write a lot more suppression rules for gentoo.)
> I think I see a memory leak in win32_startfile.  Since I don't run
> windows I can't test it.
> filepath should be allocated with the et flag to PyArgs_ParseTuple(),
> but it wasn't freed without this patch.  Does this make sense?  See
> the attached patch.

That patch doesn't make sense to me -- the "s" code to
PyArg_ParseTuple doesn't return newly allocated memory, it just
returns a pointer into a string object that is owned by the caller
(really by the call machinery I suppose). Compare other places using
PyArg_ParseTuple(args, "s:...").

--Guido van Rossum (home page: http://www.python.org/~guido/)

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