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After repeatedly adding/removing a UIScrollView with a custom image, app crashes

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The following code creates a scrollview and adds it to my main view. It also creates a UIImageView inside the ScrollView and also adds a tiny little image to the mainview in its own UIImageView. The class ScrollView is just UIScrollView but it also implements touch events. (My problem happens if I use the base class UIScrollView so I know that isn't the issue). The UIScrollView contains a custom image that I create at run-time from a bitmap context.

What's happening is this view will show up (it's just a white scrollable box within my view). And the three "removeFromSuperView's" at the end will remove them, as it should. The problem is, if I repeat this 12-18 times, the application will crash! I've been fighting this for over a day. Does anyone have any ideas? The code is for iOS 3.2 on an original iPad.

I *DID* notice that if I replace the [imview setImage:uimg] with a static image, the crashing never occurs. I can do this 200 times and never encounter a crash. That is, replacing it with [imview setImage:[UIImage imageNamed:@"blahblah.png"]]; will stop the crashing. But, I need to be synthesizing the image at run-time for obvious reasons.

Any ideas? :)

      
msview = [[ScrollView alloc] initWithFrame:CGRectMake(Mx, My, Mwid, Mhgt)];
	[myview addSubview:msview];
	msview.backgroundColor = [UIColor grayColor];
	closex = [[UIImageView alloc] initWithImage:[UIImage imageNamed:@"someimage.png"]];
	[myview addSubview:closex]; closex.frame = CGRectMake(Mx+Mwid-15, My-15, 30, 30);
	
	ulong *gbuff=(ulong*)malloc(TOThgt*Mwid*4);
	for(int i=0;i<(tot>>2);i++) gbuff[i]=0xfff0f0f0;
	CGColorSpaceRef colorSpace;
	colorSpace = CGColorSpaceCreateDeviceRGB();
	int bytewid = Mwid; bytewid*=4;
	CGContextRef bmCtx = CGBitmapContextCreate(gbuff, Mwid, TOThgt, 8, bytewid, colorSpace, kCGImageAlphaPremultipliedLast | kCGBitmapByteOrder32Big);
	CGImageRef image = CGBitmapContextCreateImage(bmCtx);
	CFRelease(bmCtx); free(gbuff); CGColorSpaceRelease(colorSpace);
	UIImage *uimg = [UIImage imageWithCGImage:image]; CGImageRelease(image);
	imview = [[UIImageView alloc] initWithFrame:CGRectMake(0, 0, Mwid,TOThgt)];
	[imview setImage:uimg];
	[msview addSubview:imview];
	[msview setContentSize:CGSizeMake(Mwid, TOThgt)];

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	[closex removeFromSuperview];
	[imview removeFromSuperview];
	[msview removeFromSuperview];

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Question by:wllunn
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by:gawhemant
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Hello,

You might be releasing somethng you should not be releasing through the method life cycle.It happens Since memory managment is the most cruicial part.

Hope this tip will help you do searching in better direction.

Regards,
Hemant
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mad_mac earned 500 total points
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it does sound like a memory release issue as Hemant suggests however i doubt it is in the life cycle methods given this seems to work without issue when a static image is used.

you could try using CGBitmapContextCreateWithData providing a call back which will be called when the context is release, you can then ensure that the allocated memory is only released when the context is destroyed.

Also have you tried running this in profile mode to see if there are any obvious memory leaks..?

And on a final point have you tried the code on a later version of iOS as a test..?  Possible this is a defect in one of the core graphics libs.
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