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Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2022 21:26:10 +0300 (MSK)
From: Alexander Monakov <>
cc: Quentin Rameau <>, Florian Weimer <>
Subject: Re: The heap memory performance (malloc/free/realloc) is
 significantly degraded in musl 1.2 (compared to 1.1)

On Tue, 20 Sep 2022, Rich Felker wrote:

> Exactly. This can be done entirely at the application layer just by
> keeping track of the size you allocated. In the above example, the
> number 256 kB is a red herring. Yes the
> "malloc(300KB)+memcpy(256KB)+free(256KB)" is wasteful, but the
> "malloc(300KB)+memcpy(200KB)+free(200KB)" would be comparably wasteful
> when you only want to preserve the first 2K, and you can make the
> decision that it would be wasteful, and that you instead just want to
> allocate a new buffer yourself and memcpy 2K, just by knowing the
> original 200KB, without any knowledge of malloc_usable_size.

They want to know if realloc will resize the allocation in-place so
the internal memcpy will not happen.

AIUI, what they really need is not "usable_size", but "cost estimation
for resizing allocation at pointer P to size S". Which I believe they
try to deduce from malloc_usable_size.


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