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Bug #46018 Memory leak in unserialize of nested arrays
Submitted: 2008-09-07 15:31 UTC Modified: 2008-09-15 01:00 UTC
Avg. Score:5.0 ± 0.0
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From: jimmycnw at gmail dot com Assigned:
Status: No Feedback Package: Performance problem
PHP Version: 5.2.6 OS: Linux
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
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 [2008-09-07 15:31 UTC] jimmycnw at gmail dot com
The code is attached. Try executing 'SAVING' first. It will create a file 'temp.txt' approximately 450Kb in size. Then execute 'LOADING'. You will see, that over 3.5Mb (!!) of memory used in unserialize() function, while there are just 450Kb of data.

Is it a bug in PHP? Any suggestions on how to fix it?

(When I do the same with string, not array, everything works fine. The problem appears only when I use nested arrays)

Reproduce code:
define ('FILENAME', 'temp.txt');
define ('SIZE', 10 * 1024);

$array = array ();
for ($i = 0; $i<SIZE; $i++)
	$array[] = array (uniqid ($i) => array ());
$data = serialize ($array);
file_put_contents (FILENAME, $data);

$before = memory_get_usage ();
$array = unserialize (file_get_contents (FILENAME));
$after = memory_get_usage ();
echo 'Memory used: '.($after-$before).' bytes, while size of data: '.strlen (serialize ($array));

Expected result:
Memory used should be around 450Kb, while I see 3.5Mb.

Actual result:
Memory used: 3.5Mb


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 [2008-09-07 15:50 UTC] jimmycnw at gmail dot com
Execute SAVING part first, in separate script. Then execute LOADING in another script. DO it separately, not in one script.
 [2008-09-07 17:43 UTC]
Exactly where do you get the idea that memory usage should be same as the file size is?? Arrays just take more memory, that's not any bug..
 [2008-09-15 01:00 UTC] php-bugs at lists dot php dot net
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