Memory leak ?? [resolved - thank you]

Kim Petersen kp at
Fri Jul 11 10:24:23 CEST 2003

A.M. Kuchling wrote:
> On Thu, 10 Jul 2003 14:34:05 +0200, 
> 	Kim Petersen <kp at> wrote:
>>Using python-2.2.2-26 on RH9 (shrike) x86 -fully patched
>>The following program slowly eats up more and more memory when run on
>>large datasets... can anyone tell what the trouble is?
> Your code uses eval(), which is pretty heavyweight because it has to
> tokenize, parse, and then evaluate the string.  There have been a few memory
> leaks in eval(), and perhaps you're running into one of them.  Try using
> int() or float() to convert strings to numbers instead of eval.  As a bonus,
> your program will be faster and much more secure (could an attacker tweak 
> your logfiles so you end up eval()ing os.unlink('/etc/passwd')?).

Thank you very much - it was eval()

this solved my trouble (calling get_list instead of eval) - is there a 
more generic/efficient way of solving reading a list/expression? (i know 
this one will fail for some strings for instance):

def get_value(str):
	if str.lower()=='none':
		return None
	elif str[0] in ['"',"'"]:
		return str[1:-1]
		if str[-1]=='j':
			return complex(str)
		elif '.' in str or 'e' in str:
			return float(str)
			return int(str)

def get_list(str):
		if str[0]=='(':
		items=str.strip()[1:-1].split(', ')
		return robj(map(get_value,items))
		print str
		return []

Med Venlig Hilsen / Regards

Kim Petersen - Kyborg A/S (Udvikling)
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