Increased memory usage with GHC 7.10.1
(Repost from ghc-devs)
I just uprgaded both of my machines to use GHC 7.10.1. I keep sandboxed installations of GHC and this means I had to rebuild Agda and Idris because the binaries built with GHC 7.8.4 were stored inside deactivated 7.8.4 sandbox. Sadly, I had problems building both Agda and Idris due to GHC taking up all of available memory.
With Idris the problematic module was Idris.ElabTerm (~2900LOC). The interesting part of the story is that when I do a clean build of Idris GHC consumes all of memory when compiling that module and I have to kill the build. But when I restart the build after killing GHC the module is compiled using a reasonable amount of memory and within reasonable time.
With Agda the problematic module is Agda.TypeChecking.Serialise (~2000LOC). The trick with killing the build and restarting it didn't work in this case. I had to compile Agda with GHC 7.8.4 (which works without problems though the mentioned module still requires a lot of memory) and alter my setup so that Agda binary is not stored inside GHC sandbox.
I wonder if any of you came across similar issues with GHC 7.10.1? Do we have any performance data that allows to compare memory usage and performance of GHC 7.10.1 with previous stable releases?
All of the above happened on 64bit Debian Wheezy with 2GB of RAM.
On my second machine, this time with 4GB of RAM, compiling Agda ran out of memory (again Agda.TypeChecking.Serialise module) and I had to kill the build. But once I restarted the build the module was compiled succesfully in a matter of minutes and using around 50% of memory.
This looks like some kind of memory leak in GHC.