Repost: How to find memory leaks in Cocoa apps with Object Alloc

Apple, Cocoa, General

(The original of this I accidentally killed — here is a copy).

If your Cocoa application leaks memory, here is a way to find those leaks!

1) Open your application in Object Alloc

2) Start the process, and check to have retain events:

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3) Run to a known state

4) Check "Show since mark"

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5) Click "Auto sort"

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6) Click the "Current" column header to sort on that automatically

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7) Click the Mark button

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8) Do the offending memory leak operation (to warm it up)

9) Click Mark again, and repeat the offending memory leak operation

10) Take a look at the Instance Browser, and find your objects that are leaked

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11) Pause the app, and in the right hand browser column will be the
allocation events. Double click on them and you can see the stack of
the allocation/retain/release event, and figure out who isn’t "playing
nice" by seeing who should have done a release for a corresponding

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