[pygtk] How Do I Get gtk.gdk.Pixbuf to release memory?

Gustavo J. A. M. Carneiro gjc at inescporto.pt
Mon Dec 8 18:59:00 WST 2003

A Seg, 2003-12-08 às 03:02, Jeff Bowden escreveu:
> I can't find anything in the API to tell it to let go and just letting 
> pixbuf object go out of scope doesn't seem to do the trick.  I have a 
> picture thumbnail display list that just eats up memory until the OOM 
> killer gets it.  It loads the images using gtk.gdk.pixbuf_new_from_file 
> and then creates a rescaled copy using scale_simple.  The rescaled copy 
> is then passed to an ListStore.append.
> I suppose it's possible that the (smaller) copy is somehow the same size 
> as the original, which would explain the memory consumption, so the bug 
> might be in scale_simple.  But I was just wondering if this is a known 
> problem or what.  I can't find anything about it other than an 
> unanswered message to this list a few months ago.

	I've add some instrumentation to the pixbuf wrapper code.  Here's what
I discovered:
** Message: pixbuf 0x8154b48 created, grefcount=1
>>> del pb
>>> import gc
>>> gc.collect()
** Message: pixbuf 0x8154b48 destroyed

	The problem is that Python's garbage collector only kicks in after a
certain amount of objects are in the 'garbage' list.  So, you can
explicitly call gc.collect() periodically, or you can change the gc
threshold with gc.set_threshold().  
	I think that Python's gc module is tune for lots of objects taking
small amount of memory each.  In your case, you have few objects taking
a huge amount of memory each.  That's why the GC isn't working very
	I suggest you consult the documentation for the gc module.  If you
solve the problem, please let us know or write a small FAQ entry about
it.  Thanks!

Gustavo J. A. M. Carneiro
<gjc at inescporto.pt> <gustavo at users.sourceforge.net>

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