[icecast] Ices memory leak?

Ben Wilson ben at thelocust.org
Mon Sep 10 20:03:52 UTC 2001

I've never had a problem with memory use and ices, though your 4-5 hour
crash problem is most likely the fault of the mpg library, as it will
choke on bad frames within an MP3, or if there is a "possible id3v2"
header, causing ices to crash.  There is a handy app called mp3_check that
checks for such things.


i have written a python script to recursively look through a directory of
MP3s and find the baddies in the stack. it is attached. it uses mp3_check,
so go and get it.

to find the last file that ices attempted to play, just "tail
/tmp/ices.log.xxx" where xxx is the pid ("cat /tmp/ices.pid")

      Ben Wilson
admin -- thelocust.org
  ben at thelocust.org

On Mon, 10 Sep 2001, Jason Mansfield wrote:

> Is anyone else experiencing what seems to be a memory
> leak with Ices? I can have icecast up and running with
> WinAmp streaming to it from my '98 box for days at a
> time with no problem. As soon as I start Ices I'll
> launch top to watch and my free mem starts dropping
> -fast-. Starting from about 160MB free, in 4-5 hours I
> have 2MB free with Ices crashed and the memory
> unrecovered which sends me to the wonderful world of
> init 6.
>    I thought this was maybe that I was just running
> ices 0.2.2 so I switched to ices 0.1.0 and have the
> same symptom.
>    I'm using:
>     -PII 233MHz 224MB RAM ~400MB Swap
>     -RedHat 7.1
>     -lame 3.89b from source
>     -icecast 1.3.1 from source
>     -ices 0.1.0/0.2.2 from source
>    Because this only seems to happen when I used Ices,
> I can only figure that it's caused by Ices, lame, or
> one of their required libraries. Any ideas?
> Jason Mansfield
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