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MALLOC(3)						     Library Functions Manual							 MALLOC(3)

NAME
malloc, free, realloc, calloc, alloca - memory allocator SYNOPSIS
char *malloc(size) unsigned size; free(ptr) char *ptr; char *realloc(ptr, size) char *ptr; unsigned size; char *calloc(nelem, elsize) unsigned nelem, elsize; char *alloca(size) int size; DESCRIPTION
Malloc and free provide a general-purpose memory allocation package. Malloc returns a pointer to a block of at least size bytes beginning on a word boundary. The argument to free is a pointer to a block previously allocated by malloc; this space is made available for further allocation, but its contents are left undisturbed. Needless to say, grave disorder will result if the space assigned by malloc is overrun or if some random number is handed to free. Malloc maintains multiple lists of free blocks according to size, allocating space from the appropriate list. It calls sbrk (see brk(2)) to get more memory from the system when there is no suitable space already free. Realloc changes the size of the block pointed to by ptr to size bytes and returns a pointer to the (possibly moved) block. The contents will be unchanged up to the lesser of the new and old sizes. In order to be compatible with older versions, realloc also works if ptr points to a block freed since the last call of malloc, realloc or calloc; sequences of free, malloc and realloc were previously used to attempt storage compaction. This procedure is no longer recommended. Calloc allocates space for an array of nelem elements of size elsize. The space is initialized to zeros. Alloca allocates size bytes of space in the stack frame of the caller. This temporary space is automatically freed on return. Each of the allocation routines returns a pointer to space suitably aligned (after possible pointer coercion) for storage of any type of object. If the space is of pagesize or larger, the memory returned will be page-aligned. SEE ALSO
brk(2), pagesize(2) DIAGNOSTICS
Malloc, realloc and calloc return a null pointer (0) if there is no available memory or if the arena has been detectably corrupted by stor- ing outside the bounds of a block. Malloc may be recompiled to check the arena very stringently on every transaction; those sites with a source code license may check the source code to see how this can be done. BUGS
When realloc returns 0, the block pointed to by ptr may be destroyed. The current implementation of malloc does not always fail gracefully when system memory limits are approached. It may fail to allocate memory when larger free blocks could be broken up, or when limits are exceeded because the size is rounded up. It is optimized for sizes that are powers of two. Alloca is machine dependent; its use is discouraged. 4th Berkeley Distribution May 14, 1986 MALLOC(3)

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MALLOC(3)						     Library Functions Manual							 MALLOC(3)

NAME
malloc, free, realloc, calloc, alloca - memory allocator SYNOPSIS
#include <sys/types.h> #include <stdlib.h> #include <alloca.h> void *malloc(size_t size) void free(void *ptr) void *realloc(void *ptr, size_t size) void *calloc(size_t nelem, size_t elsize) void *alloca(size_t size) DESCRIPTION
Malloc and free provide a general-purpose memory allocation package. Malloc returns a pointer to a block of at least size bytes beginning on a word boundary. The argument to free is a pointer to a block previously allocated by malloc; this space is made available for further allocation, but its contents are left undisturbed. A call with a null ptr is legal and does nothing. Needless to say, grave disorder will result if the space assigned by malloc is overrun or if some random number is handed to free. Malloc maintains multiple lists of free blocks according to size, allocating space from the appropriate list. It calls sbrk (see brk(2)) to get more memory from the system when there is no suitable space already free. Realloc changes the size of the block pointed to by ptr to size bytes and returns a pointer to the (possibly moved) block. The contents will be unchanged up to the lesser of the new and old sizes. A call with a null ptr is legal and has the same result as malloc(size). Calloc allocates space for an array of nelem elements of size elsize. The space is initialized to zeros. Alloca allocates size bytes of space in the stack frame of the caller. This temporary space is automatically freed on return. Each of the allocation routines returns a pointer to space suitably aligned (after possible pointer coercion) for storage of any type of object. SEE ALSO
brk(2). DIAGNOSTICS
Malloc, realloc and calloc return a null pointer if there is no available memory or if the arena has been detectably corrupted by storing outside the bounds of a block. NOTES
Other implementations of malloc, realloc or calloc may return a null pointer if the size of the requested block is zero. This implementa- tion will always return a zero length block at a unique address, but you should keep in mind that a null return is possible if the program is run to another system and that this should not be mistakenly seen as an error. BUGS
When realloc returns a null pointer, the block pointed to by ptr may be destroyed. Alloca is machine dependent; its use is discouraged. 4th Berkeley Distribution May 14, 1986 MALLOC(3)

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