Memory leak in QHeaderView with hidden sections attached to QTreeView

  • Hi,

    I've recently run into an issue with QTreeView/QHeaderView on Qt 4.6.2 that, although I'm loathe to blame the library, looks to me like a Qt bug. Sample code:

    #include <QStandardItemModel>
    #include <QTreeView>

    class TreeviewTester : public QMainWindow

    TreeviewTester::TreeviewTester(QWidget parent = 0, Qt::WFlags flags = 0)
    : QMainWindow(parent, flags)
    view = new QTreeView(this);

    QList<QStandardItem*> items;
    items << new QStandardItem("Test") << new QStandardItem("Test2") << new QStandardItem("Test3");
    Model = new QStandardItemModel(this);
    view->setColumnHidden(1, true);
    TimerId = startTimer(0);




    void timerEvent(QTimerEvent* event)

    QStandardItemModel* Model;

    int TimerId;

    The important parts here are:

    • Create a QTreeView
    • Give it a model
    • Make sure the model has some rows
    • Hide a column on the header
    • Trigger the model's layout-changed signal processing (here done with the sort call).

    This program leaks memory and eventually crashes, because the QList QHeaderViewPrivate::persistentHiddenSections is being appended to every time the model throws out the about-to-change-layout signal, and never cleared. It's supposed to be emptied out in the layout-changed signal handler, but QTreeView::setModel() disconnects the signal to its header for some reason, and never passes it down as far as I can tell.

    Calling QTreeView::setHeader() after QTreeView::setModel() prevents the problem, because QTreeView::setHeader() doesn't disconnect the _q_layoutChanged() signal.

    Looking at the 4.7 repository, it looks like it would do the same thing.

    So am I misunderstanding something about the way these views should work, or is this an actual Qt bug?

    [EDIT: fixed list formatting, Volker]

  • Please report it as a bug in Jira. If such a simple testcase triggers the problem, then I think you're on to a real issue here.

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