Export Snapshot PNG Workaround
ambassador at fourthworld.com
Wed Mar 21 10:42:04 CDT 2007
> Problem 2.
> Using the export snapshot command under the IDE results in memory
> being leaked on each image exported.
> The work around is to Compile the App into a Standalone and test
> using a smaller number of files.
To clarify, this issue appears to be limited to the Rev IDE only, and is
not evident in my testing with a standalone, with the MetaCard IDE, or
my own custom fork of MC. Also, it doesn't appear limited to the
"snapshot" option, but is evident with all uses of the export command I
When testing in Rev I even purged all front- and backScripts, and still
the leak is evident. So it seems fairly safe at this point to suggest
that there is no problem with the engine or any of the IDE stacks.
Standalones should be fine.
What does that leave us with?
The only other difference between Rev and MC that I can think of offhand
is that Rev loads a lot of externals when it launches. How the
initialization of an external could affect the memory space used by the
engine's export command is a mystery to me, but if someone has the time
to try these tests removing one external after another from the install
we could at least either pin down the culprit or rule out the role of
externals in this altogether.
> Problem 3.
> RunRev does not garbage collect until after a handler returns.
> The work around is to have two handers and use the timed send command
> process a smaller number of images at time.
I think this one may have been a misunderstanding of early test results.
When I run the same test under MC or in a standalone, I see the memory
fluctuate a bit but never by very much (a MB or two), and while it's
still running the allocation goes back down to roughly its original value.
This suggests that garbage collection is done even before idle, at least
with the statements used in the test script you submitted to Support.
There may be other circumstances where garbage collection must wait for
idle, but I haven't seen any yet.
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