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Insufficient memory in function cvAlloc, how to release memory?

asked 2018-03-02 11:31:37 -0500

Joshitha gravatar image

updated 2018-03-04 11:39:07 -0500

I have tried training my own classifier for a couple of times now (to detect cows) and just when I finally fine-tune my images in the positives data-set, I run into this while training: Error

I realize I have to release memory in order to free some space and referred to THIS

But I am actually a little confused as to how to proceed further. Can anyone help with an optimal solution for this so that I can resume my training? Thanks in advance.


  1. my positives vary from 20-25KB on an average and negatives from 30-55KB.
  2. Positives: 355x 280 pixels, I read somewhere that w,h must maintain this aspect ratio , hence used -w 71 -h 56
  3. Im using 133 positives and 200 negatives, cows in positives all face the left side ( same profile)


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PS E:\FYP\haar training\jo_haartrain> .\haartraining.exe -data cascades -vec vector/vector.vec -bg negative/bg.txt -n pos 67 -nneg 200 -nstages 12 -mem 2000 -mode ALL -w 64 -h 32

Data dir

name: cascades

Vec file name: vector/vector.vec

BG file name: negative/bg.txt

Num pos: 67

Num neg: 200

Num stages: 12

Num splits: 1 (stump as weak classifier)

Mem: 2000 MB

Symmetric: TRUE

Min hit rate: 0.995000

Max false alarm rate: 0.500000

Weight trimming: 0.950000

Equal weights: FALSE

Mode: ALL

Width: 64

Height: 32

Max num of precalculated features: 1309083

Applied boosting algorithm: GAB

Error (valid only for Discrete and Real AdaBoost): misclass

Max number of splits in tree cascade: 0

Min number of positive samples per cluster: 500

Required leaf false alarm rate: 0.000244141

Tree Classifier Stage

+---+ | 0| +---+

Number of features used : 1472939

Parent node: NULL

* 1 cluster *

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please be so kind, and replace the screenshot with a text version, thank you !

(also forget the aishack page, that's from opencv1.0, and no more relevant)

berak gravatar imageberak ( 2018-03-02 11:34:13 -0500 )edit

is that 32bit, somehow ?

berak gravatar imageberak ( 2018-03-02 12:10:37 -0500 )edit

How much RAM do you have? Also, answer berak's question about using the 32-bit memory space. If you use Win32/x86 as the architecture of your executable file, you are limited to 4GB of RAM (including the memory space taken up by Windows, which is a hog).

sjhalayka gravatar imagesjhalayka ( 2018-03-02 13:31:28 -0500 )edit

could it be this file ?

LBerger gravatar imageLBerger ( 2018-03-02 13:39:30 -0500 )edit

Yes, Win32/x86, 4GB RAM. I read somewhere that the images are stored during the processing, how do I release this to fee some memory?

Joshitha gravatar imageJoshitha ( 2018-03-02 22:36:26 -0500 )edit

opencv version : is it opencv 1.0 ?

LBerger gravatar imageLBerger ( 2018-03-03 02:13:05 -0500 )edit

@LBerger, not nessecarily. sad as it is, the harrrrr training code is still mostly c-based.

berak gravatar imageberak ( 2018-03-03 02:50:13 -0500 )edit

@LBerger , no, it is opencv 3.4.0. any idea how i can free up the opencv cache n proceed with my training?

Joshitha gravatar imageJoshitha ( 2018-03-03 05:00:22 -0500 )edit

@Joshitha , unfortunately you cannot free anything there.

"Win32/x86, 4GB RAM" -- there's your problem.

berak gravatar imageberak ( 2018-03-03 05:20:17 -0500 )edit

oh no..!!! this means i cant train anything anymore? even if i reduce the number of images, i get the error :(

Joshitha gravatar imageJoshitha ( 2018-03-03 06:04:35 -0500 )edit

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answered 2018-03-04 11:41:41 -0500

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edit made @berak when i ran it for -mem 1024 , training continued. This was probably my human mistake, I read that you can increase the memory upto 2BG but 2000 would be ideal. Should have checked with my architecture compatibility first. Thank you all

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Hi Joshitha, I am running exactly the same classifier and ran into the same problem several times. My width and heights are 100 * 100 as I am trying to detect buildings. I have tried to both increase and decrease the -mem but regardless of the value I assign, this error pops up when the memory gets near 2000MBs in task manager for the process. Can you help me please? thanks in advance

mahdinj gravatar imagemahdinj ( 2019-03-31 06:11:02 -0500 )edit
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