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Re: Fewer mallocs is better, episode #47

From: Timothe Litt <>
Date: Thu, 27 Jan 2022 05:51:48 -0500

On 27-Jan-22 04:27, Daniel Stenberg via curl-library wrote:
> On Thu, 27 Jan 2022, Gavin Henry wrote:
>> I remember in the OpenLDAP project when they removed/reduced the
>> amount of times sizeofs that were used for performance gains.
> When is sizeof ever a slow operation?
> As we're only using C89, our sizeof uses are only ever for
> types/structs, and I can't see how those are not just converted to a
> constant at compile-time by the compiler.
I'm not familiar with the OpenLDAP exercise, but I also doubt that
sizeof would be slow.  Even really, really old, dumb compilers turn them
into constants.

Perhaps the win was from reducing strlen() calls?  They are often
overused, and while they can be optimized to some extent, they are
inherently slow at runtime.  Unless a compiler is smart enough to detect
a string constant, where x is a constant replacing strlen(x) with
(sizeof(x)-1) can be a win - which may have been what jogged this memory...

Timothe Litt
ACM Distinguished Engineer
This communication may not represent the ACM or my employer's views,
if any, on the matters discussed.

Received on 2022-01-27