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Dmalloc Tutorial: 3.2 Getting Caller Address Information
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3.2 Getting Caller Address Information

Even though the allocation macros can provide file/line information for some of your code, there are still modules which either you can't include `dmalloc.h' (such as library routines) or you just don't want to. You can still get information about the routines that call dmalloc function from the return-address information. To accomplish this, you must be using this library on one of the supported architecture/compilers. See section Issues Important for Porting the Library.

The library attempts to use some assembly hacks to get the return-address or the address of the line that called the dmalloc function. If you have unfreed memory that does not have associated file and line information, you might see the following non-freed memory messages.

not freed: '0x38410' (22 bytes) from 'ra=0xdd2c'
not freed: '0x38600' (10232 bytes) from 'ra=0x10234d'
not freed: '0x38220' (137 bytes) from 'ra=0x82cc'

With the help of a debugger, these return-addresses (or ra) can then be identified. I've provided a `' perl script in the `contrib/' directory with the dmalloc sources which seems to work well with gdb. You can also use the manual methods below for gdb.

# you may need to add the following commands to load in shared libraries
(gdb) sharedlibrary
(gdb) add-shared-symbol-files

(gdb) x 0x10234d
0x10234d <_findbuf+132>: 0x7fffceb7

(gdb) info line *(0x82cc)
Line 1092 of argv.c starts at pc 0x7540 and ends at 0x7550.

In the above example, gdb was used to find that the two non-freed memory pointers were allocated in _findbuf() and in file argv.c line 1092 respectively. The `x address' (for examine) can always be used on the return-addresses but the `info line *(address)' will only work if that file was compiled using the -g option and has not been stripped. This limitation may not be true in later versions of gdb.

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