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Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2022 21:00:57 -0400
From: Rich Felker <>
To: baiyang <>
Cc: musl <>
Subject: Re: Re: The heap memory performance (malloc/free/realloc) is
 significantly degraded in musl 1.2 (compared to 1.1)

On Tue, Sep 20, 2022 at 08:47:07AM +0800, baiyang wrote:
> > Would it be possible to limit use of the list to actually requesting
> > help or making reports, rather than inciting debates about what is UB
> > or what the consequences of UB might be?
> You are right. 
> The real question is: if we only need malloc_usable_size to return
> the size actually allocated internally (not the size requested by
> the user, **just as musl version 1.1 and all other libc
> implementations do**), is it possible to improve its time and space
> efficiency?

There is no hidden "size actually allocated internally". The size you
get is the size you requested. Everything else is allocator data
structures *outside of the object* that the caller has no entitlement
to peek or poke at, and malloc_usable_size's return value reflects

If you want to see what portion of the time is being spent on
different parts of processing the metadata, you could sit down and
actually run it under perf to get a profiling report/flame graph. I'm
pretty sure you'll find that the final get_nominal_size step is a
small portion of the time spent. get_meta is probably the majority of
the time, some of it fundamental, and some of it hardening. But don't
take my word for it. Measure.

One thing I can tell you definitively though: if you did what the C
language (which lacks malloc_usable_size) intended you to do, and kept
track of the size of your own buffer, and just used that, you would
spend 0% of the time you're spending on this. You would also save the
entire "several hundred ms per 10 million calls" it's costing on other
malloc implementations, by just *not doing something you don't need to


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