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how to find size of memory allocated to a pointer?


Am new to HP UX , is there a way to find out the size of memory allocated to a pointer on hp ux?

For example we can use the _msize() on windows to find the size of memory allocated to a pointer .

#include <stdio.h>
#include <malloc.h>

void main()

void *buffer;
buffer = malloc( 999 );
printf( "Size of block is %u bytes\n", _msize( buffer ) );


produces the output:
Size of block is 1000 bytes Is there any way this can be done on HP UX too?Thank you very much in advance.Regards
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XtRealloc()															       XtRealloc()

  XtRealloc - change the size of an allocated block of storage.

  char *XtRealloc(ptr, num);
	 char *ptr;
	 Cardinal num;

  ptr	    Specifies a pointer to memory allocated with XtMalloc(), XtCalloc(), or XtRealloc(), or NULL.

  num	    Specifies the new number of bytes of memory desired in the block.

  A pointer to allocated memory.

  XtRealloc() changes the size of the block of allocated memory pointed to by ptr to be at least num bytes large.  In order to make this size
  change, it may have to allocate a new block of memory and copy the contents of the old block (or as much as will fit) into the  new  block.
  If  it  allocates a new block of memory, it frees the old block.  In either case, it returns a pointer to a block of memory which is of the
  requested size.  If there is insufficient memory to allocate the new block, XtRealloc() terminates by calling XtErrorMsg().

  If ptr is NULL, XtRealloc() simply calls XtMalloc() to allocate a block of memory of the requested size.

  Note that XtRealloc() may move the contents of your allocated memory to a new location; the return value may or may not be the same as ptr.
  Not  all  memory can be safely reallocated.  If there are multiple pointers to a block of memory scattered through out an application (such
  as pointers to a widget record), then reallocating that memory is not safe, because all pointers to it cannot  be  updated.	Other  memory
  (such  as  the array of children maintained privately by the Composite widget class) can be safely updated because there should be only one
  pointer to it in the application (in this case the pointer is the composite.children field of the widget).  These cautions are no different
  than those required with the standard realloc() function.

  In most cases, you will have to cast the return value of XtRealloc() to an appropriate pointer type.

  Note that because XtRealloc() behaves like XtMalloc() when passed a NULL pointer, (something that realloc() does not do), you don't have to
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  Memory  allocated with XtRealloc() must be deallocated with XtFree().  The function XtRealloc() is implemented by the Toolkit independently
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See Also
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