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 Post subject: is it in stack or fixed memory
PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2012 7:33 pm 
Familiar Face

Joined: Sun Dec 16, 2012 9:09 pm
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Dear there,

In the following code, I think the array gchar *sym_names[] is in the fixed memory until the program exit. I'm thinking about moving it inside the function symtable_alloc() as a local variable, thus it will be allocated on the entry and will be released when the function symtable_alloc() returns.
The built hash table has all strings anyway, hence I think it is a bit waste to keep the array gchar *sym_names[] in the fixed memory all the time.
What do you think?

#include <glib.h>
#include "mathsym-data.h" /* GdkPixbuf RGBA C-Source image dump 1-byte-run-length-encoded */
#include "mathsym.h"

const guint8 *sym_data[]= {
  sym_alpha, //in the mathsym-data.h
  sym_beta,  sym_chi,   sym_delta,   sym_Delta,   sym_epsilon,
  sym_eta,   sym_gamma,   sym_Gamma,   sym_iota,   sym_kappa,
  sym_lambda,   sym_Lambda,   sym_mu,   sym_nu,   sym_omega,
  sym_Omega,   sym_phi,   sym_Phi,   sym_pi,   sym_Pi,   sym_psi,
  sym_Psi,   sym_rho,   sym_sigma,   sym_Sigma,   sym_tau,
  sym_theta,   sym_Theta,  sym_upsilon,  sym_Upsilon,  sym_varepsilon,
  sym_varphi,  sym_varpi,  sym_varrho,  sym_varsigma,  sym_vartheta,
  sym_xi,   sym_Xi,   sym_zeta

const gchar *sym_names[]= {
  "\\alpha",  "\\beta",  "\\chi",  "\\delta",  "\\Delta",
  "\\epsilon",  "\\eta",  "\\gamma",  "\\Gamma",  "\\iota",
  "\\kappa",  "\\lambda",  "\\Lambda",  "\\mu",  "\\nu",
  "\\omega",  "\\Omega",  "\\phi",  "\\Phi",  "\\pi",
  "\\Pi",  "\\psi",  "\\Psi",  "\\rho",  "\\sigma",
  "\\Sigma",  "\\tau",  "\\theta",  "\\Theta",  "\\upsilon",
  "\\Upsilon",  "\\varepsilon",  "\\varphi",  "\\varpi",  "\\varrho",
  "\\varsigma",  "\\vartheta",  "\\xi",  "\\Xi",  "\\zeta"

symtable *symtable_alloc(){
//I propose to move the declaration and  definition of gchar *sym_names[] here
//to save memory. Am I thinking in the right direction? 
  GHashTable *table;
  table = g_hash_table_new(g_str_hash, g_str_equal);
  int i;
  for(i=0;i<sizeof(sym_names)/sizeof(gchar *); i++)
    g_hash_table_insert(table, (gpointer)sym_names[i], (gpointer)sym_data[i]);
  return (symtable *)table;

void symtable_free(symtable *table){
  g_hash_table_destroy((GHashTable *)table);

guint8 *symtable_lookup(symtable *table, const gchar* latex)
  return (guint8 *) g_hash_table_lookup((GHashTable *)table, (gpointer)latex);

 Post subject: Re: is it in stack or fixed memory
PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2012 10:28 pm 
Never Seen the Sunlight

Joined: Thu Mar 24, 2011 2:10 pm
Posts: 328
Location: Sydney, Australia
You don't want the data/names to be freed on return as your hash table has pointers to them stored inside. You'd likely get segfaults when doing the lookup. If you did move it I don't think it would free it anyway, just make it local in scope.

At some point in your compiled binary you must have the sym_data etc. somewhere. Having a const global is the most efficient way of doing this.
Concerning freeing the space: it really is a small chunk of memory and you would be limited in what could make use of that space once freed. If you are feeling resource constrained to that extent then using GTK is probably out of the question.

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