Bug 675216 - Update about:memory's description of heap-committed. rs=njn
authorJustin Lebar <justin.lebar@gmail.com>
Sat, 06 Aug 2011 11:01:36 -0400
changeset 73963 b0d6e197c741da6c00f53b1a6ec99277f24f70e9
parent 73962 8e73650ecc3ec0b1482bd017ee2fd84e2e9dd6fe
child 73964 9754cac0194cdd25979acae750cd3ca9ed32f734
push id2
push userbsmedberg@mozilla.com
push dateFri, 19 Aug 2011 14:38:13 +0000
Bug 675216 - Update about:memory's description of heap-committed. rs=njn
--- a/xpcom/base/nsMemoryReporterManager.cpp
+++ b/xpcom/base/nsMemoryReporterManager.cpp
@@ -303,26 +303,24 @@ static PRInt64 GetHeapDirty()
     return (PRInt64) stats.dirty;
-    "Memory mapped by the heap allocator that is committed, i.e. in physical "
-    "memory or paged to disk.  The allocator may map blocks of many pages and "
-    "then hand out only some of those pages in response to a call to malloc. "
-    "Only those pages which have been handed out to the application are counted "
-    "as committed -- the OS lazily assigns physical pages to mappings, so those "
-    "pages which the allocator has not handed out haven't been written to and "
-    "therefore don't have a corresponding physical page.  (Of course, the "
-    "application may malloc pages and free them without ever writing to the "
-    "pages and causing them to be committed.  But the allocator conservatively "
-    "assumes that the application writes to all pages it receives.)")
+    "This number reported only for completeness; it is not particularly "
+    "meaningful. On Windows, all mapped memory is committed (because jemalloc's "
+    "MALLOC_DECOMMIT flag is set). Thus heap-committed should equal "
+    "heap-allocated + heap-unallocated. Elsewhere, jemalloc uses "
+    "madvise(DONT_NEED) to instruct the OS to drop the physical memory backing "
+    "pages the allocator doesn't need.  In this case, jemalloc counts the memory "
+    "as 'committed', but it's not taking up any space in physical memory or in "
+    "the swap file.")
     "Memory mapped by the heap allocator that was once part of an allocation "
     "but which is now not allocated to the application.  Since the application "