Valgrind 'noise', what does it mean?
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Valgrind 'noise', what does it mean?

When I used valgrind to help debug an app I was working on I notice a huge about of noise which seems to be complaining about standard libraries. As a test I did this;

echo 'int main() {return 0;}' | gcc -x c -o test - 

Then I did this;

valgrind ./test  ==1096== Use of uninitialised value of size 8 ==1096==    at 0x400A202: _dl_new_object (in /lib64/ ==1096==    by 0x400607F: _dl_map_object_from_fd (in /lib64/ ==1096==    by 0x4007A2C: _dl_map_object (in /lib64/ ==1096==    by 0x400199A: map_doit (in /lib64/ ==1096==    by 0x400D495: _dl_catch_error (in /lib64/ ==1096==    by 0x400189E: do_preload (in /lib64/ ==1096==    by 0x4003CCD: dl_main (in /lib64/ ==1096==    by 0x401404B: _dl_sysdep_start (in /lib64/ ==1096==    by 0x4001471: _dl_start (in /lib64/ ==1096==    by 0x4000BA7: (within /lib64/ * large block of similar snipped * ==1096== Use of uninitialised value of size 8 ==1096==    at 0x4F35FDD: (within /lib64/ ==1096==    by 0x4F35B11: (within /lib64/ ==1096==    by 0x4A1E61C: _vgnU_freeres (vg_preloaded.c:60) ==1096==    by 0x4E5F2E4: __run_exit_handlers (in /lib64/ ==1096==    by 0x4E5F354: exit (in /lib64/ ==1096==    by 0x4E48A2C: (below main) (in /lib64/ ==1096== ==1096== ERROR SUMMARY: 3819 errors from 298 contexts (suppressed: 876 from 4) ==1096== malloc/free: in use at exit: 0 bytes in 0 blocks. ==1096== malloc/free: 0 allocs, 0 frees, 0 bytes allocated. ==1096== For counts of detected errors, rerun with: -v ==1096== Use --track-origins=yes to see where uninitialised values come from ==1096== All heap blocks were freed -- no leaks are possible. 

You can see the full result here:

I have two questions; firstly is there a way to suppress all the noise?

--show-below-main is set to no by default, but there doesn't appear to be a --show-after-main equivalent.

When is a program limited by the memory bandwidth?


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Upgrade to Valgrind 3.5.0 or better. Amongst another things the default .supp files have been updated..


I have these symptoms from time to time, and the quick fix is always to upgrade my valgrind and libc packages to be in sync. The nice little elves at Debian take care of the rest..

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