Identifying a Memory Leak

So I’ve been struggling a little bit with the different odds and ends of
this - particularly because the tooling / resources don’t seem to be very comprehensive or well organized. I’ve been using this guide as a reference - but so far without success.

The Issue:
I have rails server in development taking up to 1.5gb of ram which is far more than should be possible (my development process atm involves repeating server restarts to release the memory every so often). Comparatively on OS X the server is always around ~400mb so my initial thought something is leaking memory and it’s system
specific (a native extension?).

Memory Consumption:
Here is an example graph of a rails server memory consumption (using ps_mem, while navigating through the pages of
the app and across multiple reloads.

I may be missing something but it doesn’t seem to be very helpful so far, the memory-size given by totaling the objects is far short of real memory usage - more so it doesn’t seem obvious that the leak is being picked up:

Early dump summary (~600mb it’s already quite high but I assume ObjectSpace is also taking up quite a bit):

… (’/home/user/.rbenv/versions/2.2.4/lib/ruby/gems/2.2.0/gems/binding_of_caller-0.7.2/lib/binding_of_caller/mri2.rb’, ‘4.7 MiB’)
(’/home/user/.rbenv/versions/2.2.4/lib/ruby/2.2.0/webrick/server.rb’, ‘5.1 MiB’)
(’/home/user/.rbenv/versions/2.2.4/lib/ruby/gems/2.2.0/gems/activesupport-4.2.6/lib/active_support/dependencies.rb’, ‘5.1 MiB’)
(’/home/user/.rbenv/versions/2.2.4/lib/ruby/gems/2.2.0/gems/activesupport-4.2.6/lib/active_support/core_ext/marshal.rb’, ‘7.9 MiB’)
(’/home/user/.rbenv/versions/2.2.4/lib/ruby/gems/2.2.0/gems/sprockets-3.4.0/lib/sprockets/mime.rb’, ‘50.0 MiB’)
(None, ‘110.3 MiB’)


Late Dump Summary (~1300mb):

(’/home/user/.rbenv/versions/2.2.4/lib/ruby/2.2.0/webrick/server.rb’, ‘11.2 MiB’)
(’/home/user/.rbenv/versions/2.2.4/lib/ruby/gems/2.2.0/gems/activesupport-4.2.6/lib/active_support/inflector/methods.rb’, ‘12.5 MiB’)
(’/home/user/.rbenv/versions/2.2.4/lib/ruby/2.2.0/webrick/httpresponse.rb’, ‘23.2 MiB’)
(’/home/user/.rbenv/versions/2.2.4/lib/ruby/gems/2.2.0/gems/activesupport-4.2.6/lib/active_support/core_ext/marshal.rb’, ‘33.1 MiB’)
(’/home/user/.rbenv/versions/2.2.4/lib/ruby/gems/2.2.0/gems/sprockets-3.4.0/lib/sprockets/mime.rb’, ‘50.0 MiB’)
(None, ‘110.3 MiB’)


Complete Dump Stats:

So far it doesn’t look very promising but maybe someone that has dealt with these issues longer can offer some insights. I haven’t been able to successfully get ruby to work with valgrind but that would be the next step if this information is insufficient.


System Details:

ruby -v: ruby 2.2.4p230 (2015-12-16 revision 53155) [x86_64-linux]
rails -v: Rails 4.2.6
uname -a: Linux l-pc 4.5.0-1-ARCH #1 SMP PREEMPT Tue Mar 15 09:41:03 CET 2016 x86_64 GNU/Linux