[erlang-questions] zlib memory leak

Dmitry Kolesnikov <>
Tue Mar 15 19:20:10 CET 2016

No, this file is a utf8 text file, there are not sparse chunks and data is correct there. I am able to use my program to read this file if it is re-compressed with command-line gzip. I am suspecting that something wrong with zlib. BTW, I’ve build OTP from source no Mac, I need to check it on Linux. 

Best Regards, 

> On Mar 15, 2016, at 6:47 PM, Сергей Прохоров <> wrote:
> Maybe your gzip file is some kind of sparse file at some point, so, even this 64K compressed chunk inflates to huge uncompressed value?
> In that case you may try http://erlang.org/doc/man/zlib.html#inflateChunk-2
> Is VM memory grows linearly during program runtime or it grows instantly at some moment?
> P.S.: what is this `stdio` module?
> Hello,
> I?ve got an interesting issue with zlib at otp-18.2.1 I?ve not checked other releases yet.
> I do have a file about 30GB of compressed data, it is expanded to 300GB of textual UTF8 data.
> The producer of the file claims that standard gzip is used. The file header [1] is:
> 1F 8B 08 04 00 00 00 00 00 00 24 03
> My decompression program is very simple [2], it reads 64K binary chunks from file and inflates them using zlib:inflate(?).
> At some point of time, the inflate do not return and VM binary memory growth to infinity until it is crashed.
> The crash is reproducible all the time with my file. The file is not corrupted and gzip is capable to perform it check and inflate data. The file becomes readable by program if it is inflated - deflated again using command line gzip. The header of readable file is:
> 1F 8B 08 00 6E EC E6 56 00 03 D4 BD
> I am having a challenge to debug this issue further to zlib and understand root-cause.
> Do you have any suggestions on it?
> Best Regards,
> Dmitry
> P.S: the file, I am taking about, contains confidential data and cannot be disclosed to community.
> Reference:
> [1] http://www.zlib.org/rfc-gzip.html
> [2] https://github.com/fogfish/feta/blob/master/src/gz.erl

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