Free dynamic allocated Stack and TCB memory at task delete

Hello.

I’m using FreeRTOS v10.2.1 with dynamic memory allocation for task stack and tcb. But at deletion of a task the memory doesn’t get free’d.
I see that in the function prvDeleteTCP the vPortFree is only called if configSUPPORT_DYNAMIC_ALLOCATION == 1 && configSUPPORT_STATIC_ALLOCATION == 0 && portUSING_MPU_WRAPPERS == 0.

In my configuration configSUPPORT_DYNAMIC_ALLOCATION=1, configSUPPORT_STATIC_ALLOCATION=0 and portUSING_MPU_WRAPPERS=1

I do not understand that portUSING_MPU_WRAPPERS must be 0 to free the memory? What is the reason for this?

Thanks and best regards
Christian

Thanks for your post - I will ask somebody in the office to investigate for you.

This table here list various combination of flags and when a free is needed: https://github.com/FreeRTOS/FreeRTOS/blob/master/FreeRTOS/Source/include/FreeRTOS.h#L1017

In your specific case, tskSTATIC_AND_DYNAMIC_ALLOCATION_POSSIBLE will be 1: https://github.com/FreeRTOS/FreeRTOS/blob/master/FreeRTOS/Source/include/FreeRTOS.h#L1043

As a result, the #elif block in prvDeleteTCB should take care of freeing the memory.

                #elif( tskSTATIC_AND_DYNAMIC_ALLOCATION_POSSIBLE != 0 ) /*lint !e731 !e9029 Macro has been consolidated for readability reasons. */
		{
			/* The task could have been allocated statically or dynamically, so
			check what was statically allocated before trying to free the
			memory. */
			if( pxTCB->ucStaticallyAllocated == tskDYNAMICALLY_ALLOCATED_STACK_AND_TCB )
			{
				/* Both the stack and TCB were allocated dynamically, so both
				must be freed. */
				vPortFree( pxTCB->pxStack );
				vPortFree( pxTCB );
			}
			else if( pxTCB->ucStaticallyAllocated == tskSTATICALLY_ALLOCATED_STACK_ONLY )
			{
				/* Only the stack was statically allocated, so the TCB is the
				only memory that must be freed. */
				vPortFree( pxTCB );
			}
			else
			{
				/* Neither the stack nor the TCB were allocated dynamically, so
				nothing needs to be freed. */
				configASSERT( pxTCB->ucStaticallyAllocated == tskSTATICALLY_ALLOCATED_STACK_AND_TCB	);
				mtCOVERAGE_TEST_MARKER();
			}

How are you determining that the memory is not freed?

Thanks.

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Ah, I’m using FreeRTOS v10.1.0 and not v10.2.1 as I stated in my first post, my fault, sorry. The difference is that tskSTATIC_AND_DYNAMIC_ALLOCATION_POSSIBLE is defined different.


After updating to v10.2.1 it works now.

I’m using heap_4.c implementation, and I’ve watched xFreeBytesRemaining decrementing if I add and delete tasks, until I get an error from pvPortMalloc() function.

BR
Christian