Simple and easy tool to discover View Controllers that are not being deallocated when you expect them to.
This is very common with retain cycles using blocks, and it's very tricky sometimes to realize that some view controller is never getting deallocated, because they don't show up as leaks when using Instruments.
MSVCLeakHunter.mto the Xcode project.
+[MSVCLeakHunter install]somewhere during app initialization (e.g. the
applicationDidFinishLaunchingWithOptions:method of your app delegate.)
MSVCLeakHunter_ENABLEDis set to 1 in
Or install via Cocoapods:
MSVCLeakHunterenabled, and it finds a possible view controller that is leaking, this is what you'll see:
MSVCLeakHunteris compatible with ARC and non-ARC projects.
If you look at the implementation in
MSVCLeakHunter.m, it's very naive. All it does is swizzle some methods for every UIViewController instance to discover when a view controller disappear from screen (it gets a
viewDidDisappear: call), but isn't deallocated after a certain period of time.
If this happens, it doesn't guarantee 100% that the view controller leaked. For example, if it's inside a
UITabBarController, it may disapepar when you select another tab, but it's still retained by the tabbar, and it hasn't leaked.
But it will help you discover, for example, view controllers that you push onto a navigation controller stack, and aren't deallocated when you pop them tapping on the back button.
In the case where you have something like a navigation controller that is shown modally, and then the whole stack goes away when the modal is closed, you may want to tweak the value of
MSVCLeakHunter.h) to give
MSVCLeakHunter enough margin to avoid a false positive. Otherwise, you may see a log for a possible leak of the controllers at the bottom of the stack if the modal takes longer to be closed.
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