michael goulish created PROTON-1170:

             Summary: closed links are never deleted
                 Key: PROTON-1170
                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/PROTON-1170
             Project: Qpid Proton
          Issue Type: Bug
          Components: proton-c
         Environment: miserable
            Reporter: michael goulish

I wrote a reactor-based application that makes a single connection, and then 
repeatedly makes-and-closes links (receivers) on that connection.

It makes and closes the links as fast as possible: as soon as it gets the 
on_receiver_close event, it makes a new one.  As soon as it gets the 
on_receiver_open event -- it closes that receiver.

This application talks to a dispatch router.

Problem:  Both the router and my application grow their memory (RSS) rapidly -- 
and the router's ability to respond to new link creations slows down rapidly.  
Looking at the router with   Valgrind/Callgrind, after about 15,000 links have 
been created and closed I see that 45% of all CPU time on the router is being 
consumed by pn_find_link().   Instrumenting that code, I see that the list it 
is looking at never decreases in size.

I tried creating my links with the "lifetime_policy" set to DELETE_ON_CLOSE, 
but that had no effect.  Grepping for that symbol, I see that it does not occur 
in the proton C code except in its definition, and in a printing convenience 

Major scalability bug.

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