Full Discussion: Memory Leaks
Top Forums Programming Memory Leaks Post 302721439 by rupeshkp728 on Thursday 25th of October 2012 11:48:00 AM
Memory Leaks

Suppose I have a main() function with only one malloc statement allocating say some 1 gb memory. Also say my system has 1 gb of ram.



The program above exits without freeing the memory.

In this case will the 1 gb of heap memory be returned to system on above process termination or has the heap memory permanently leaked and will be available only on system reboot?

I mean if say we start some another process or say the same process again then will they be able to get the 1 gb if heap again?

Last edited by rupeshkp728; 10-25-2012 at 01:49 PM.. Reason: code syntax
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mman.h(3HEAD)							      Headers							     mman.h(3HEAD)

mman.h, mman - memory management declarations SYNOPSIS
#include <sys/mman.h> DESCRIPTION
The <sys/mman.h> header supports the following options: o the Memory Mapped Files option o the Shared Memory Objects option o the Process Memory Locking option o the Memory Protection option o the Synchronized Input and Output option For Memory Mapped Files and Shared Memory Objects options, the following protection options are defined: PROT_READ Page can be read. PROT_WRITE Page can be written. PROT_EXEC Page can be executed. PROT_NONE Page cannot be accessed. The following flag options are defined: MAP_SHARED Share changes. MAP_PRIVATE Changes are private. MAP_FIXED Interpret addr exactly. The flags immediately following are defined for msync(). See msync(3C). MS_ASYNC Perform asynchronous writes. MS_SYNC Perform synchronous writes. MS_INVALIDATE Invalidate mappings. The symbolic constants immediately following are defined for the mlockall() function. See mlockall(3C). MCL_CURRENT Lock currently mapped pages. MCL_FUTURE Lock pages that become mapped. The symbolic constant MAP_FAILED is defined to indicate a failure from the mmap() function. See mmap(2). The mode_t, off_t, and size_t types are be defined as described in <sys/types.h>. See types(3HEAD). ATTRIBUTES
See attributes(5) for descriptions of the following attributes: +-----------------------------+-----------------------------+ | ATTRIBUTE TYPE | ATTRIBUTE VALUE | +-----------------------------+-----------------------------+ |Interface Stability |Committed | +-----------------------------+-----------------------------+ |Standard |See standards(5). | +-----------------------------+-----------------------------+ SEE ALSO
mmap(2), mprotect(2), munmap(2), madvise(3C), mlock(3C), mlockall(3C), msync(3C), shm_open(3C), shm_unlink(3C), attributes(5), standards(5) SunOS 5.11 5 Feb 2008 mman.h(3HEAD)

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