Greg Stark <> writes:
> I wonder if we could go further. If we don't imagine having a very
> large number of allocators then we could just ask each one in turn if
> this block is one of theirs and which context it came from. That would
> allow an allocator that just allocated everything in a contiguous
> block to recognize pointers and return the memory context just by the
> range the pointer lies in.

The performance problem is not "large number of allocators", it's "large
number of distinct memory ranges".  Also, this will fail utterly to
recognize duplicate-pfree and bad-pointer cases.  Not that the existing
method is bulletproof, but this way has zero robustness against caller

                        regards, tom lane

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