[vorbis-dev] memory allocations in codec

Michael Smith msmith at labyrinth.net.au
Tue Sep 3 02:21:26 PDT 2002

At 10:05 AM 9/3/02 +0200, you wrote:
>I was wondering why the decoder does so much malloc/alloca/free
>within the inner decoding stages. Allocating everything at
>the xxx_look() stages would:
>- ensure that on exit of the look stage the decoder as grabbed
>  once and for all the resources required to decode the stream
>  to the end.
>- allows to perform checks on memory allocations, something
>  which is completely lacking at the moment.
>- be more efficient.

It shouldn't (once it reaches steady-state, at least, which will
be after a packet or two) be allocating any memory during decoding.
If it is, that's a (relatively new) bug.


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