I found this thread on the open CF. As I see, the discussion is ended
with decision to reject patch.
I've just changed the status to "Rejected".
02.07.2016 18:11, Dirk Rudolph:
Well that's good to know. It was just curious that, in my case, I only
saw this in this particular function.
Anyway. I will consider to handle the memory the same way, if this is
On Sat, Jul 2, 2016 at 4:45 PM, Tom Lane <t...@sss.pgh.pa.us
Dirk Rudolph <dirk.rudo...@netcentric.biz
> while implementing my own C function, I mentioned that some
memory is not freed by the text_overlay function in varlena.c
By and large, that's intentional. SQL-called functions normally run
in short-lived memory contexts, so that any memory they don't
pfree will be cleaned up automatically at the end of the tuple cycle.
If we did not follow that approach, there would need to be many
more explicit pfree calls than there are today, and the system
net slower overall because multiple retail pfree's are slower than a
There are places where it's important to avoid leaking memory,
But I don't think this is one of them, unless you can demonstrate a
scenario with query-lifespan or worse leakage.
> Particularly I mean the both substrings allocated by
text_substring (according to the documentation of text_substring
"The result is always a freshly palloc'd datum.") and one of the
concatenation results. I’m aware of the MemoryContext being
deleted in my case but IMHO builtin functions should be memory safe.
That is not the project policy.
regards, tom lane
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