SpamAssassin/Perl eating enormous amounts of memory?

Andrew Moran sneepre at
Mon Mar 2 18:21:54 PST 2009

On Mar 2, 2009, at 3:39 PM, Mel wrote:
> This is hard to debug, but I'd first toggle the PERL_MALLOC option  
> in the
> configuration dialog for the perl port. If this doesn't solve the  
> problem,
> then you'd have to get a ktrace to get some indication of what is  
> allocating
> the memory.

Thank you for your suggestion.  I'll try compiling Perl and it's  
dependencies without using PERL_MALLOC.

> What's even weirder is that the process gets that far. Did you play  
> with
> kern.maxdsiz loader tuneable?
> If so, set it lower, so you can at least have the machine in a  
> usable state at
> all times. 4G should be enough for any process and should give  
> enough time
> for you to spot the leak and get a ktrace.

Nope, I haven't tweaked any kernel settings, just using the generic  
DEFAULT amd64 kernel.   I've been way about tweaking settings because  
I don't fully understand what the 'correct' values for my setup are.

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