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# TinyXML++ memory leaks

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### #1Mybowlcut  Members

Posted 15 December 2008 - 09:35 PM

Hey. Visual Leak Detector is telling me that I've got memory leaks coming from code that uses ticpp (TinyXML++) code:
void CGE_Level::Write_Tiles(ticpp::Element* root) const
{
using namespace ticpp;

Element* tiles = new Element("tiles");
Element* tile = NULL;
for(const_tile_it it = this->tiles.begin(); it != this->tiles.end(); ++it)
{ // Write each background tile.
tile = new Element("tile");
tile->SetAttribute("type", it->Type());
tile->SetAttribute("pass", it->Passability());
}
}

void CGE_Level::Write_Portals(ticpp::Element* root) const
{
using namespace ticpp;

Element* portals = new Element("portals");
Element* portal = NULL;
for(const_portal_it it = this->portals.begin(); it != this->portals.end(); ++it)
{ // Write each background tile.
portal = new Element("portal");
portal->SetAttribute("to_level", it->To_Level());
portal->SetAttribute("from_x", it->From_Pos().y);
portal->SetAttribute("from_y", it->From_Pos().y);
portal->SetAttribute("to_x", it->To_Pos().x);
portal->SetAttribute("to_y", it->To_Pos().y);
}
}

void CGE_Level::Write(const std::string& file_name) const
{
using namespace ticpp;

Document xml_doc(file_name);

Declaration* dec = new Declaration(DEF_VER, DEF_ENC, DEF_STA);

Element* root = new Element("level");
root->SetAttribute("width", size.x);
root->SetAttribute("height", size.y);

Write_Tiles(root);
Write_Portals(root);

xml_doc.SaveFile(file_name);
}

Quote:
 WARNING: Visual Leak Detector detected memory leaks! ---------- Block 4309 at 0x0051CC78: 8 bytes ---------- Call Stack: c:\tinyxml++\ticpp.cpp (1089): TiCppRC::TiCppRC c:\tinyxml++\tinyxml.h (217): TiXmlBase::TiXmlBase c:\tinyxml++\tinyxml.cpp (136): TiXmlNode::TiXmlNode c:\tinyxml++\tinyxml.cpp (508): TiXmlElement::TiXmlElement c:\tinyxml++\ticpp.cpp (874): ticpp::Element::Element c:\documents and settings\bill\my documents\visual studio 2005\projects\console_game_engine\console_game_engine\cge_level.cpp (103): CGE_Level::Write_Portals c:\documents and settings\bill\my documents\visual studio 2005\projects\console_game_engine\console_game_engine\cge_level.cpp (135): CGE_Level::Write c:\documents and settings\bill\my documents\visual studio 2005\projects\console_level_editor\console_level_editor\cge_editor.cpp (145): CGE_Editor::Save c:\documents and settings\bill\my documents\visual studio 2005\projects\console_level_editor\console_level_editor\cge_editor.cpp (56): CGE_Editor::Update_And_Draw c:\documents and settings\bill\my documents\visual studio 2005\projects\console_level_editor\console_level_editor\cge_editor.cpp (46): CGE_Editor::Run c:\documents and settings\bill\my documents\visual studio 2005\projects\console_level_editor\console_level_editor\main.cpp (72): main f:\rtm\vctools\crt_bld\self_x86\crt\src\crtexe.c (586): __tmainCRTStartup f:\rtm\vctools\crt_bld\self_x86\crt\src\crtexe.c (403): mainCRTStartup 0x7C817067 (File and line number not available): RegisterWaitForInputIdle Data: 01 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ........ ........ ---------- Block 4307 at 0x0051CB20: 12 bytes ---------- Call Stack: c:\documents and settings\bill\my documents\visual studio 2005\projects\console_game_engine\console_game_engine\cge_level.cpp (103): CGE_Level::Write_Portals c:\documents and settings\bill\my documents\visual studio 2005\projects\console_game_engine\console_game_engine\cge_level.cpp (135): CGE_Level::Write c:\documents and settings\bill\my documents\visual studio 2005\projects\console_level_editor\console_level_editor\cge_editor.cpp (145): CGE_Editor::Save c:\documents and settings\bill\my documents\visual studio 2005\projects\console_level_editor\console_level_editor\cge_editor.cpp (56): CGE_Editor::Update_And_Draw c:\documents and settings\bill\my documents\visual studio 2005\projects\console_level_editor\console_level_editor\cge_editor.cpp (46): CGE_Editor::Run c:\documents and settings\bill\my documents\visual studio 2005\projects\console_level_editor\console_level_editor\main.cpp (72): main f:\rtm\vctools\crt_bld\self_x86\crt\src\crtexe.c (586): __tmainCRTStartup f:\rtm\vctools\crt_bld\self_x86\crt\src\crtexe.c (403): mainCRTStartup 0x7C817067 (File and line number not available): RegisterWaitForInputIdle Data: 0C B0 4C 00 78 CC 51 00 68 CB 51 00 ..L.x.Q. h.Q..... ---------- Block 4291 at 0x0051C820: 8 bytes ---------- Call Stack: c:\tinyxml++\ticpp.cpp (1089): TiCppRC::TiCppRC c:\tinyxml++\tinyxml.h (217): TiXmlBase::TiXmlBase c:\tinyxml++\tinyxml.cpp (136): TiXmlNode::TiXmlNode c:\tinyxml++\tinyxml.cpp (508): TiXmlElement::TiXmlElement c:\tinyxml++\ticpp.cpp (874): ticpp::Element::Element c:\documents and settings\bill\my documents\visual studio 2005\projects\console_game_engine\console_game_engine\cge_level.cpp (92): CGE_Level::Write_Tiles c:\documents and settings\bill\my documents\visual studio 2005\projects\console_game_engine\console_game_engine\cge_level.cpp (133): CGE_Level::Write c:\documents and settings\bill\my documents\visual studio 2005\projects\console_level_editor\console_level_editor\cge_editor.cpp (145): CGE_Editor::Save c:\documents and settings\bill\my documents\visual studio 2005\projects\console_level_editor\console_level_editor\cge_editor.cpp (56): CGE_Editor::Update_And_Draw c:\documents and settings\bill\my documents\visual studio 2005\projects\console_level_editor\console_level_editor\cge_editor.cpp (46): CGE_Editor::Run c:\documents and settings\bill\my documents\visual studio 2005\projects\console_level_editor\console_level_editor\main.cpp (72): main f:\rtm\vctools\crt_bld\self_x86\crt\src\crtexe.c (586): __tmainCRTStartup f:\rtm\vctools\crt_bld\self_x86\crt\src\crtexe.c (403): mainCRTStartup 0x7C817067 (File and line number not available): RegisterWaitForInputIdle Data: 01 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ........ ........ ETC...
In total there are 208! I didn't delete the pointers I created here because I followed the tutorial and they didn't use delete. I read somewhere that TinyXML++ handles the memory internally... but when I saw vld reporting the memory leaks, I realised I had stuffed up and that I hadn't actually deleted the pointers... pretty stupid I know. So two questions: 1) What does TinyXML++ do in terms of handling new'd memory? 2) Why would they not delete the pointers in their tutorials? Cheers!

### #2Kylotan  Moderators

Posted 16 December 2008 - 04:00 AM

It looks more likely to me that your leak detector is wrong. Once you link a node into an XML document it would be foolish to expect you to have to delete it manually. But I've not looked at the code myself.

### #3Mybowlcut  Members

Posted 16 December 2008 - 09:08 AM

Quote:
 Original post by KylotanIt looks more likely to me that your leak detector is wrong. Once you link a node into an XML document it would be foolish to expect you to have to delete it manually. But I've not looked at the code myself.
Hmm.. well I deleted the pointers after each new and the leaks went away... I still am curious about it all though.

### #4Extrarius  Members

Posted 16 December 2008 - 11:05 AM

Quote:
 Original post by KylotanIt looks more likely to me that your leak detector is wrong. Once you link a node into an XML document it would be foolish to expect you to have to delete it manually. But I've not looked at the code myself.
On the other hand, it seems silly that the XML document must be allocated in such a way that the standard single-object no-parameter delete will properly deallocate them. Perhaps there are additional optional arguments, one of which is a deallocator instance, but somehow I doubt it.

### #5Zipster  Members

Posted 16 December 2008 - 01:30 PM

Gah! We've been using TinyXML at work and haven't been deleting any of the allocated memory. We were under the assumption that when the document went out of scope, it would automatically delete any linked nodes.

But on the third hand, it is possible for you to link a node object that's on the stack, in which case deleting it would crash. In that case, the usage guide in the documentation just plain sucks for not making any of this clearer :)

### #6Kylotan  Moderators

Posted 16 December 2008 - 11:12 PM

Quote:
Original post by Extrarius
Quote:
 Original post by KylotanIt looks more likely to me that your leak detector is wrong. Once you link a node into an XML document it would be foolish to expect you to have to delete it manually. But I've not looked at the code myself.
On the other hand, it seems silly that the XML document must be allocated in such a way that the standard single-object no-parameter delete will properly deallocate them.

Why? The semantics of TinyXML clearly imply that (a) it owns the document tree, and (b) you pass in nodes that you allocate. I can see no good argument for it not simply using the delete operator on everything linked into it.

EDIT: In fact, given that TinyXML (or at least the copy I have here) clearly has
while ( node ) { temp = node; node = node->next; delete temp; }
in the TiXMLNode destructor, I'm guessing this is just a bug in the TinyXML++ wrapper.

[Edited by - Kylotan on December 17, 2008 5:12:29 AM]

### #7Mybowlcut  Members

Posted 17 December 2008 - 08:37 PM

Still a bit confused... I'm guessing that I was right and I should have been deleting the pointers?

### #8Kylotan  Moderators

Posted 18 December 2008 - 12:19 AM

My theory is that the TinyXML++ wrapper has a bug, because I don't think you should be freeing anything that you have linked into the document.

### #9Michael Loft  Members

Posted 07 January 2009 - 08:25 AM

By looking at the bugtracker ( http://code.google.com/p/ticpp/issues/detail?id=17&can=1&q=memory ) it seems a memory leak was fixed in revision 93.

But if there are more leaks, I really need to find out how to work around them, before we ship the software I'm currently working on.

On which version of ticpp are you seeing the problem?

- michael

### #10Michael Loft  Members

Posted 08 January 2009 - 09:59 PM

I updated my version to revision r98 from ticpp svn (see http://code.google.com/p/ticpp/source/checkout ).

Valgrind on Linux does not show any leaks using this version.

- michael

Posted 09 January 2009 - 12:29 AM

How did you compile your tinyxml project?
I've been working on a smaller (and simpler) version of Visual Leak Detector (mostly for learning purposes) and while I did this I noticed that if I create a project as a static library and link it with another executable, the overwritten new and delete functions of my leak detector were called in a wrong way (delete[] in a module in the static lib was redirected to delete (without [] brackets) in my leak detector) or not at all. This behaviour vanished when I linked the leak detector against the static library as well as against the executable.

If you've compiled tinyxml as a dll, then you need to link visual leak detector to that one as well (or it won't be able to detect the deallocation of the 'Element'), although you propably already know that.

As far as I know, the leak detector works in a similar way (overwriding operator new, and so on) and I assume it could suffer from the same problems as mine did.

Hope that helps :)

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