Strange and hard to reproduce crash

Fernando Perez fperez.net at gmail.com
Mon Oct 30 16:01:51 CST 2006


On 10/30/06, Charles R Harris <charlesr.harris at gmail.com> wrote:

>  I suspect the real problem is that the refcount keeps going up. Even if it
> was unsigned it would eventually wrap to zero and with a bit of luck get
> garbage collected. So probably something isn't decrementing the refcount.

Oops, my bad: I meant *unsigned long long*, so that the refcount is a
64-bit object.  By the time it wraps around, you'll have run out of
memory long ago.  Having 32 bit ref counters can potentially mean you
run out of the counter before you run out of RAM on a system with
sufficient memory.

Cheers,

f

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