[Haskell-cafe] Over-allocation

Stefan O'Rear stefanor at cox.net
Wed Nov 21 08:47:08 EST 2007

On Wed, Nov 21, 2007 at 01:31:35PM +0000, Gracjan Polak wrote:
> Hi,
> My program is eating too much memory:
> The source.txt is 800kb, and I expect files of size 100 times more, say 80MB, so
> using -H800M will not help here much.
> The profile -p says:
> COST CENTRE                    MODULE               %time %alloc
> xparse                         PdfModel              78.1   95.0

You're using the wrong type of profiling for this job.  -p is intended
for people who want their programs to go faster; and %alloc is raw
allocations, showing how to divide the GC cost.  Since you are
allocating 100 times more data than is being retained, the %alloc
figures are quite uncorrelated with leakiness.

But you don't want to make your program faster - you want to make it
leaner.  You want one of the heap profiling flags, described in:


Note that heap profiling is even more a black art than time profiling;
you may need to do a lot of experimentation to find an enlightening

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