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I use two simple libraries (see 1, 2) I found online for my code on the Arduino Uno, unfortunately I also use ROS and all those libraries take away to much space, when I compile my code I get this error:

Global variables use 2,112 bytes (103%) of dynamic memory, leaving -64 bytes for local variables. Maximum is 2,048 bytes.

I shortened my Strings, but it was not enough. How can I change the code in the libraries to achieve less used memory?

I think I don't understand the concept of global variables completely. For example I changed all double variables in the libraries to float variables, but it did not change dynamic memory use at all. How can I use less memory?

  • Did you placed your string literals into the flash memory? – KIIV Dec 9 '16 at 13:47
  • I shortened them down to 1 letter, to see how far it reduces the size, but putting it into flash memory won't solve the problem, since it is not enough. – Jonas Dec 9 '16 at 13:48
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    Well, then you should provide your code so we can try it... – KIIV Dec 9 '16 at 13:56
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    @Jonas, because on arduino, double and float have the same size : arduino.cc/en/Reference/Float or arduino.cc/en/Reference/Double – Mali Dec 9 '16 at 14:35
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    The first library defines a class PID_ATune which contains a lot of members, including an array of 100 double, i.e. 400 bytes for each instance of PID_ATune. Not sure so many double are needed there, but you could first try to reduce this number. – jfpoilpret Jan 8 '17 at 22:26
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When you write a program, some memory can be determined in compilation time, due to it's predefinition, (float and double in Arduino - not Due model - use 4 bytes each - in Due, double uses 8 bytes for 64 bit precision).

But there is some memory that only can be known at runtime; where we are talking about objects (or arrays determined by user input). In these cases, programs need to dynamically allocate memory, for which the C++ language integrates the operators new and delete. More info at: Dynamic memory.

You should control the creation of objects and arrays (those are created with new and then deleted with delete).

If your requirements are greater than the resources of any Arduino (except Arduino Due), you should change to the Due model, which has more memory space and computing power (but changes the 5 V to 3.3 V, be careful).

  • There is also the Mega 2560, which has the same architecture as the Uno (AVR), but 4 times as much RAM. – Edgar Bonet Dec 9 '16 at 15:43
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@jonas I had a similar problem not quite exceeding the limit. One item you can do is move the strings to Flash. <pgmspace.h> there is the definition of PSTR which will place the literal in flash the patternname, which we normaly just use strcpy, we need to use strcpy_P. strcpy_P states the string will come from Flashmemory and copy it into SRAM space. Once it is in SRAM sapce we can maniputate it all we want. for example:

setPatternName((char*)PSTR("My PatternName"));

void setPatternName(const char* text) {
  memset(patternName, MAX_PATTERN_NAME_LEN + 1, 0 );
  strcpy_P(patternName, text);
  int length = strlen(patternName);
}

This should have a significant reduction in mem usage.

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